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Lorde and Marlon Williams Cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Tougher Than the Rest’

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17: Marlon Williams and Lorde perform during the You Are Us/Aroha Nui Concert at Christchurch Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The fundraising show was organised to help those affected by the March 15 Christchurch mosque attacks. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Concerts, remember those? In New Zealand, they’ve got the whole COVID thing figured out, meaning that concerts are back on like they were pre-March 2020. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Marlon Williams has been on tour and for the final night of his four-night stint at Auckland’s Hollywood Theatre, he brought out none other than Lorde, who has been laying extremely low over the past few years.

Together, they joined forces for a cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s 1987 “Tougher Than the Rest,” one of the most underrated chestnuts from his catalog. The song was originally released on Tunnel of Love.

Unlike the moody, midtempo rocker, the Lorde and Williams version is a tender piano ballad. This isn’t the first time Lorde has tipped her proverbial cap to the Boss. In 2017, she covered “I’m On Fire” off Born in the U.S.A.

Also of note, Springsteen paid tribute to Lorde on the High Hopes tour stop in New Zealand, covering “Royals” acoustically.

Check it out below.