When Bruce Springsteen covers a song, he does so in reliably epic fashion. At a recent gig in Sydney, Australia, he and the E Street Band spiced up their performance with a high-energy version of INXS’ glitzy 1982 hit “Don’t Change.”
It’s a thrilling interpretation from start to finish. Springsteen adds his sandpaper growl to the New Wave anthem, while the E Street crew replace the original’s bouyant synths with triumphant horns and meatier, harder-hitting guitars. The song was played toward the end of the band’s set, seguing into set staple “Born to Run.”
Springsteen and company have been paying tribute to Australia’s rich rock heritage throughout their current trek: They’ve opened their down-under gigs with a take on Aussie outfit the Easybeats’ 1966 track “Friday on My Mind,” and earlier this month, the singer opened his Perth show with a rousing take on AC/DC’s hard-rock classic “Highway to Hell” (Springsteen reprised the cover with Eddie Vedder at a recent Melbourne show).
The emphasis on cover tunes is understandable: Back in January, Springsteen released his 18th studio album, High Hopes, which featured outtakes, re-worked tracks from his discography and several covers, including the Saints’ “Just Like Fire Would.”