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Viral video: Bruce Springsteen covers Royals at first NZ concert

Bruce Springsteen's current tour has featured surprise cover versions at each destination.

Playing at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium lasting night, he walked onstage and kicked off the show with a rendition of Lorde's "Royals."

His solo acoustic version made the song sound like it was originally cut during the Nebraska sessions, wrote Rolling Stone (for yes, the cover garnered Lorde a fresh avalanche of publicity in the US).

The Boss tweaked the lyrics slightly, singing "you can call me king bee" instead of "queen bee."

Springsteen plays his second and final NZ concert at the same venue tonight.

And a closer view: