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“Royals” singer does seductive live versions of “Flashing Lights” and “Heavenly Father” in Philadelphia

Lorde is paying tribute to her eclectic musical roots on her ongoing fall tour, performing live covers of Kanye West‘s Graduation barnburner “Flashing Lights” and Bon Iver’s soulful Wish I Was Here track “Heavenly Father.” As Pitchfork notes, fans at the recent Philadelphia date have uploaded video footage of both songs. 

The 17-year-old New Zealander makes “Flashing Lights” fit within her gothic electro-pop wheelhouse, adding her seductive croon over pulsating synths and strings. After singing the chorus, she bleeds into her own solo tune “Bravado.”  

The singer introduces “Heavenly Father” as being “about having faith in something, in anyone, in yourself.” She appears enraptured by the digital percussion and ethereal haze, stretching out her arms at the end as if diving head-first into a river of synth.


While Lorde often pays respects to her musical idols onstage, she’s also been on the receiving end of a heartfelt live cover. Back in March, rock legend Bruce Springsteen performed an acoustic version of the 17-year-old’s breakout hit “Royals,” singing “You can call me king bee” on the chorus.

“My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like ‘You can’t believe what just happened!’,” Lorde told News.com.au of learning about the surprise rendition. “It was so exciting. It was the highest honor. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool.”

The singer’s Pure Heroine tour hit a roadblock back in April, when she canceled eight Australian dates after suffering “a nasty chest infection” and “general ill health.” Lorde’s final U.S. date with Majical Cloudz will be October 10th in San Diego, followed by a run of four headlining performances in New Zealand. 

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