As Rolling Stone reported yesterday, Barack Obama staffers were rewarded for all their hard campaign work with a special concert courtesy of Jay-Z and the Arcade Fire. In between the hits from the band’s Funeral and Neon Bible, Win Butler and Co.. also worked in a folksy cover of “Born in the U.S.A.” by fellow Obama supporter Bruce Springsteen (see clip, above).
Now you might be asking yourself, “Why is a band that calls Montreal, Quebec its home singing ‘Born in the U.S.A.’?” Both Win and William Butler were born and raised in Texas, so they were born in the U.S.A. The rest of the band, however, are Canadian natives. This isn’t the first time the band has performed a Bruce song onstage: Members of the Arcade Fire joined Springsteen at a concert in Ottawa in October 2007 to perform his Nebraska track “State Trooper,” as well as Neon Bible‘s “Keep The Car Running.” Similarly, songs on the band’s Bible are deeply rooted with the Springsteen influence, like “(Antichrist Television Blues.)”
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