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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.

Listen to Ice Cream Headache—The Podcast with not-so-special guest me

Ice Cream Headache — The PodcastI joined the ranks of Carlos Mencia, Weird Al Yankovic, and Ronnie Milsap this week as a guest on Ice Cream Headache—The Podcast. The hosts, Brian and Murdock, “best buds who love indie rock, comedy and TV” are so cool they didn’t even tell me which originally scheduled guest cancelled on them.

Download Ice Cream Headache—The Podcast’s episode 49 on iTunes or Podcrunch. “The guys get ready for the holidays and chat with travel/food writer Zach Everson about the art of the written word and why becoming a [Bruce] Springsteen super-fan was initially just an economic decision.”

We spent about 40 minutes in their studio chatting about stalking Pete Townshend (a smart move if you’re his would-be biographer), my getting stalked by Richard Marx (maybe), media theory (be provocative but without being a dick), the death penalty (abolish it), getting checks from Rupert Murdoch (cash them), Eater Louisville (read it), and what Jethro Tull does in concert that’s the apex of live rock and roll (listen to the podcast for that anecdote).

Thanks again to Brian and Murdock!

Bruce Springsteen and me: Together at Fenway Park

In the run-up to Bruce Springsteen’s Nov. 3 concert at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center, I’m sharing five of my favorite videos on (having seen Springsteen in concert 50 times, I’m a subject matter expert).

I left off my very favorite live clip though: set to Bo Diddley’s “Diddy Wah Diddy,” this compilation from Fenway Park on Sept. 7, 2003 shows me jumping around like a 13-year-old girl at Justin Bieber concert (1:55, 3:48 and 3:51). But hey: Fenway Park. Second row. Springsteen.