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See Arcade Fire Cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ in Canada

Montreal band plays 1984 single two days after Donald Trump’s gloomy RNC speech

Arcade Fire headlined Ontario’s WayHome Festival on July 23rd, and although the concert took place in Canada, the Montreal band still used the occasion to cover Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born in the U.S.A.” Video of that performance recently emerged, with Win Butler and company stripping down the track to serve as an intro for their own “Keep the Car Running.”

While it’s unclear why Arcade Fire elected to play the unpatriotic 1984 single, it’s worth noting that the performance came two days after Donald Trump’s doom-and-gloom speech after accepting the GOP’s nomination at the Republican National Convention.

Arcade Fire previously covered the Springsteen classic in January 2009 at a concert to reward Democratic Party staffers to celebrate Barack Obama’s presidential win. Two years earlier, in October 2007, the band performed Nebraska’s “State Trooper” alongside the E Street rocker himself during a Springsteen concert in Ottawa, which Arcade Fire and Springsteen followed up by playing “Keep the Car Running.”

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