It's no great secret: Jack White is an oddball. The former front man for the White Stripes has a polarizing personality, makes no qualms about badmouthing fellow musicians, dresses like a mortician from another planet and bounces across music genres on a whim, creating bands and side bands as if he can't keep still in one for long.
We've really come to expect anything and everything from Jack White on stage. A cover of Lorde, however, probably wasn't one of them. Okay, a cover of the Black Keys is probably the least likely thing for White to do at this point – but a Lorde cover is pretty out there, too.
At a show in Milwaukee earlier this week, Jack White covered Lorde's breakout single “Royals” to a packed crowd. The original is a minimalistic electronic pop anthem railing against the decadence of the rich and famous in the music industry. It highlights Lorde's understated vocals, which occasionally raise up for the chorus.
Unfortunately, the attendees at the Milwaukee set may soon be the only ones who can recall what White's take on “Royals” actually sounded like. What little footage of the performance had been available to watch via a concert goer's Instagram page, but has since been taken down.
According to a report from Radio.com, we are lucky to have even that for a brief moment. Jack White has a no nonsense 'no video recording' policy at all of his live shows. The person who managed to smuggle out a clip of his pop tune croonings and put it online, even for a little while, is a rarity among White fans.
“Royals” isn't the only cover that White has busted out during his recent live sets. He has been covering songs by artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z and Metallica.