The Killers have teamed up with Bruce Springsteen for a new version of “A Dustland Fairytale,” which originally appeared on the Las Vegas band’s 2008 LP Day & Age. The new version, simply titled “Dustland,” dropped on Wednesday, June 16.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers explained how the song came to be and revealed the original plan was to play the song together live.
“But the idea to record it remotely was initially about giving people something during quarantine,” Flowers said. “‘Dustland”s lineage leads straight to Bruce. When we finished it back in 2008, I sent him a copy and a note expressing my gratitude for his contribution to my life.”
“I attribute my discovery and absorption of his music with helping me become a more authentic writer,” he continued. “He helped me to see the extraordinary in everyday people and their lives. And in this case, it was my parents who were under the microscope. Their faith and doubts, their search for salvation in the desert. It sounds Biblical. It also sounds Springsteenian.”
The Killers’ most recent album was Imploding the Mirage, which dropped last year. The band has been teasing a follow-up to the album along with a reunion with original guitarist Dave Keuning.
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