Jack White Turns Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Into A Blues Dirge

Written by Greg Moskovitch on 23rd July, 2014

Jack White Turns Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Into A Blues Dirge

Jack White has tried his hand at covering or reworking everybody from Jay-Z to Metallica in recent months, but his latest cover is a little closer to home. During a performance in Milwaukee Monday night, White reworked what’s arguably been the most-covered song of the year, Lorde‘s hit Royals.

Just yesterday, Music Feeds reported on the former White Stripe‘s encore performance during his set at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, which opened with a whirlwind of guitar, drums, and fiddle that melded the Stripes’ Icky Thump with 99 Problems and Misirlou from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.

Meanwhile, White’s Lorde cover joins a veritable plethora of others currently awaiting views on YouTube. One of our favourites came during Bruce Springsteen‘s Auckland performance in March, a tour that saw The Boss kick off every show with a cover that paid tribute to the town he was in.

White recently told Rolling Stone that there’s no setlist employed during his solo performances — a habit he carried over from his highly improvisational performances with The White Stripes — which may be why he’s able to perform so many off-the-cuff covers. Just keep ‘em coming, Jack!


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