The Killers, Bruce Springsteen release new song 'Dustland'

The Killers and Bruce Springsteen released Dustland, a remake of The Killers' 2008 song A Dustland Fairytale. File Photo by James Atoa/UPI
The Killers and Bruce Springsteen released "Dustland," a remake of The Killers' 2008 song "A Dustland Fairytale." File Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

June 16 (UPI) -- The Killers and Bruce Springsteen have teamed up on a new song.

The rock band and Springsteen, 71, released the song "Dustland" on Tuesday.


"Dustland" is a remake of The Killers' 2008 song "A Dustland Fairytale," which appeared on the group's album Day & Age.

In an Instagram post, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers recalled how Springsteen texted him about working together in February 2020. Flowers said he wrote "A Dustland Fairytale" during his late mom's battle with cancer.

"It was an attempt to better understand my dad, who is sometimes a mystery to me. To grieve for my mother. To acknowledge their sacrifices and maybe even catch a glimpse of just how strong love needs to be to make it in this world. It was my therapy. It was cathartic," he wrote.

Flowers said Springsteen has written "a lot about people like my parents and found a whole lot of beauty in otherwise invisible people's hopes and dreams. Their struggles, and their losses."


"I'm grateful to him for opening this door for me. I'm grateful to my parents for their example to me. Now go find something new out about your dad, give your mom a big hug, and for god's sake listen to Bruce Springsteen," he ended the post.

The Killers and Springsteen discussed and performed "Dustland" during Wednesday's episode of Today. In the interview, Flowers voiced his admiration for Springsteen.

"He's somebody that, he's a part of American culture and fabric, and he's such an icon. So just to have him be aware of what we do is really special to us," Flowers said.

The Killers released their sixth studio album, Imploding the Mirage, in August. Springsteen released his 20th album, Letter to You, in October.

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