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Springsteen gives Lorde the Royals treatment in New Zealand

Sticking with his recent trend of covering a local musician, Bruce Springsteen opened his Auckland, New Zealand show Saturday with this acoustic take on Lorde’s hit “Royals”:

Springsteen’s take on “Royals” is actually pretty solid, which I didn’t think would be the case when I first saw the headline. As with most debut covers, the highlight is the instant the audience recognizes what song Springsteen’s playing and reacts.

I’m seeing Springsteen for the 40-somethingth time April 12 in Virginia Beach, Va. (still need two tickets though, so if you have any extras, please let me know). I’m hoping we’ll get a cover—or repeat guest appearance—from Williamsburg’s Bruce Hornsby.

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