Arcade Fire’s Win Butler delivered a cutting cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” during the all-star Jam the Vote concert in Port Chester, New York. Watch Butler’s speech and performance at the 3-hour, 14-minute mark of the video above (via Pitchfork).
“I don’t think any of us want to wake up in a couple days and realize we’ve allowed Donald Trump to be elected,” Butler told the crowd. “It’s not a possibility. I don’t want to live in that America.” Hosted by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama, the event – which also featured appearances by Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, Questlove, Alex Ebert and more – encouraged voter turnout in this important election.
Butler performed Springsteen’s 1984 single on a number of occasions, most recently as a tag on “Keep the Car Running” during Arcade Fire’s WayHome Festival set in August. The band also covered the song at President Obama’s post-election inauguration ball in January 2009.
Before Butler’s Sunday show, the singer spoke briefly about the importance of immigration in contrast to Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric. “I want to thank all the immigrants. We need more of you,” Butler said at the Capitol Theatre. “I want to thank everyone who came to America to make it the country that it is, thank you.”
“Born in the U.S.A.” itself has received ire from Trump supporters, according to NBC’s Katy Tur. Tur reports that attendees of at a rally in Pittsburgh booed Springsteen’s classic when it was played over the sound system Sunday, just hours after the Clinton campaign announced Springsteen would perform at her Philadelphia rally Monday night on Election’s Day eve.