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Jack White covers Lorde’s “Royals”, and your head just exploded

on July 22, 2014, 3:51pm

Photo by David James Swanson / JackWhiteIII.com

No one artist has played more covers in 2014 than Jack White. Since hitting the road behind his new solo album, Lazaretto, White has tried his hand at everyone from Kanye West and Jay Z to Metallica and Talking Heads. Meanwhile, no one song has been covered more over the last year than Lorde’s “Royals”. Nirvana’s Krist NovoselicMayer Hawthrone, even Bruce Springsteen have all offered their own interpertations of the New Zealand pop star’s chart-topping single.

Now, at last, Jack White has taken a swing at “Royals”, performing a brief rock ‘n’ roll rendition of the track during his show in Milwaukee on Monday night. It came during the show’s encore, in between performances of “Steady, As She Goes” and “Suzy Lee”. And by the looks of it, he’s even got Lorde’s hand gestures down. Watch fan-shot video below.

Setlist:
Icky Thump (The White Stripes song)
Astro (The White Stripes song)
Just One Drink
Lazaretto
High Ball Stepper
Temporary Ground
Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes song)
Would You Fight for My Love?
Three Women
Cannon (The White Stripes song)
Alone in My Home
Weep Themselves to Sleep
You Know That I Know (Hank Williams cover)
I Cut Like a Buffalo (The Dead Weather song)
Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
Missing Pieces
Sixteen Saltines

Encore:
Fell in Love With a Girl (The White Stripes song)
Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
Royals (Lorde cover)
Suzy Lee (The White Stripes song)
Catch Hell Blues (The White Stripes song)
Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)

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