The Boss was performing at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday (March 1), home of the Vodafone Warriors and Auckland Football Federation, when he broke into the song, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica. You can watch fan-filmed footage of the performance below.
It was a largely faithful cover, although he did tweak a few of the original lyrics and refer to himself at “King B” in the chorus. Naturally, being Lorde’s home country, there was an ecstatic response from the crowd when they realised what he was playing.
She’s not the first artist from Down Under to be honoured by Springsteen in this way. While touring Australia last month, he covered a number of songs by Aussie artists including ‘Highway To Hell’ AC/DC, for which he brought on stage Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by The Bee Gees, ‘Friday On My Mind’ by The Easybeats and INXS’ ‘Don’t Change’. Last year, he covered ‘Just Like Fire Would’ by Australian band The Saints, a studio version of which features on his most-recent album, ‘High Hopes’.
The performance in Auckland was only Springsteen’s second-ever show in the country, and his first there in 11 years. He plays one more show in the country before returning to the US, where he’ll perform a five-week run of shows.