Springsteen Covers Lorde’s ‘Royals’ In New Zealand

March 4, 2014

One of my favourite things about Bruce Springsteen is his innate ability to recognise the talent in his peers.  With at least 120 million records sold worldwide in his career so far, The Boss is somewhat of an over-achiever. So it’s rather nice to see he appreciates those who are hoping to reach his status, one day.

It’s even nicer when he chooses to cover the current music darling of a nation that he’s touring – in this instance – New Zealand and its delightful Lorde.  The song in question being an acoustic cover of her extremely successful single; ‘Royals’.

Lorde might try to be anti-establishment in the pursuit of her musical bliss, but all I see is pure joy at the position she’s found herself in. Just take a look at her acceptance speech at The Brits this year to see what I mean! She deserves to enjoy the moment, her music is original and her voice is as strong as it is ethereal.  And, since this is only the second time Springsteen has performed live in New Zealand, by opening his concert last Friday night at Auckland’s Mt. Smart Stadium with Lorde’s track, he confirmed what the world already suspected – Lorde is a bit special.

Listening to Bruce strum along to the altered lyrcis “You can call me king bee” you can appreciate how the song works on another level. Even without Lorde’s coolly romantic beauty and mysteriously haunting vocal magic, the track is still extremely well crafted.  Plus, if Bruce covers one of your songs, you should feel proud, the man is a genius.

As Springsteen delivers the line “Long ago I was the next big thing, now I’m in love with being king..”  it hits you just how well this track fits both the veteran, poetical, rock king and the newbie with her eyes on the throne and proves, yet again, that music has no age limits.

-Lucy Jenkins.





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