Bruce Springsteen Covers Arcade Fire, Joined By Win Butler & Régine Chassagne In Ontario 10/14/07

Yes, this really happened. Remember when you first heard “Keep The Car Running” and thought, “That’s the best Bruce Springsteen song not written by Bruce Springsteen”? Apparently so did the Boss! A few hours ago, Bruce & the E Street Band played Ontario’s Scotiabank Place, and reader Michael Schwartz dropped us a line soon after the instant classic gig’s conclusion:

Michael said “Stereogum, keep your eyes peeled for YouTube clips from tonight’s Springsteen show” before hitting us with this info via

Four more tour premieres tonight, including “Tougher Than the Rest” (an audible, in the “Heartbreak”/”Brilliant” slot on the setlist) and “Backstreets.” But when the spot-on debut of “Backstreets” isn’t the big story of the night, you know something unusual happened. Yep, in the six-song encore, Bruce and the E Streeters were joined by members of Arcade Fire, husband-and-wife band co-founders Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. First up was “State Trooper,” a song Arcade Fire has been known to cover, and which the E Street Band hasn’t played live since the Born in the U.S.A. tour. After that, they all went into “Keep the Car Running,” a hard-hitting track from Arcade Fire’s magnificent Neon Bible.

OK, mind explosion. And it’s late and typing’s tough, etc. BUT rest easy — we will update with vid as soon as we find it.

UPDATE: And so it has been found. Big thanks to Robert Brockie and Ryan Carey of the site for writing in with the links and for basically making the internet’s day with this footage.

Bruce (W/ Win & Régine) – “State Trooper”

Bruce (W/ Win & Régine) – “Keep The Car Running”

Bruce’s setlist…
01 “Radio Nowhere”
02 “The Ties That Bind”
03 “Lonesome Day”
04 “Gypsy Biker”
05 “Magic”
06 “Reason To Believe”
07 “Adam Raised A Cain”
08 “She’s The One”
09 “Livin’ In The Future”
10 “The Promised Land”
11 “Tougher Than The Rest”
12 “Backstreets”
13 “Darlington County”
14 “Devil’s Arcade”
15 “The Rising”
16 “Last To Die”
17 “Long Walk Home”
18 “Badlands”
19 “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
20 “State Trooper”
21 “Keep The Car Running”
22 “Born To Run”
23 “Dancing In The Dark”
24 “American Land”