Bruce Springsteen Covers Lorde in New Zealand

Boss drops "Royals" as set opener.

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Bruce Springsteen surprised fans in New Zealand last week when he dropped an unexpected cover of Lorde's "Royals" into his set.

As Hennemusic, the Boss performed an acoustic rendition of the track to open his show in Aukland on Saturday night. Springsteen has made a point of performing songs by local acts during his tour of Australia and New Zealand. Songs by the Bee Gees, AC/DC and INXS were featured at Australian dates.

In other Springsteen news_backup, it has been announced that the Boss will be releasing a new EP in time for this year's Record Store Day. The disc, titled "American Beauty," will be released on 12" vinyl. It features four previously unavailable songs - "American Beauty," "Mary Mary," "Sundown" and "Hey Blue Eyes." AsĀ Planet Rock notes, the songs were cut during the recording sessions for "High Hopes," Springsteen's latest album, which was released earlier this year.

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    The Boss can do everything, he can even transform in Geoff Tate whenever the **** he wants according to this thumbnail.
    I'd envy you more for being able to transform into Gary Holt whenever you want.
    I just wanted to state this before UG finds this mistake, but why is there a picture of Geoff Tate in this particular article? Did he perform Lorde's Royals in New Zealand? Shudder..... Edit: Dang, they already found out. Oh well. Disregard the message.
    Vicryl 2.0
    lol i love the boss but damn that was bad.. haha
    Yeah, it was completely tuneless. It's not a song that translates well to acoustic guitar. He would have been better off covering Crowded House or Shihad or something.
    Scott O
    Atta boy, Bruce! Keeping fighting the good fight for blue collar millionaires everywhere!
    It wasn't the best cover, but it was a great incentive and I think the lyrical setting of the song fits the Boss pretty well. He seems to just be having lots of fun with this tour, with the covers and whatnot.