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Russell Baillie is the Herald’s entertainment editor

Hey Boss, sing us one we all know ...

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Fans hope Bruce Springsteen will play a Kiwi classic at Mt Smart Stadium this weekend. Photo/AP
Fans hope Bruce Springsteen will play a Kiwi classic at Mt Smart Stadium this weekend. Photo/AP

What great Kiwi song should Bruce sing? That's the question we're putting to fans on the eve of this weekend's Auckland shows by The Boss.

Springsteen and his E Street Band have been regularly performing songs by Australian acts during the tour which is now heading across the Tasman.

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They've played AC/DC's Highway to Hell a couple of times. In Sydney they covered 1960s hit Friday on My Mind by the Easy Beats (whose guitarist George Young is the older brother of AC/DC's Malcolm and Angus) as well as Don't Change, an early hit by INXS.

In Brisbane they covered Stayin' Alive by one-time local residents The Bee Gees (to which Barry Gibb tweeted "just been blown away by your Stayin' Alive. You brought it back to life. Thank you!")

Springsteen's most recent album High Hopes also included a cover of Just Like Fire Would by Queensland punk pioneers The Saints.

So will he pull out a Kiwi - or indeed Auckland - anthem at this shows this weekend?
Well if he's still deciding, here's five suggestions to start out with.

Dominion Road by the Mutton Birds
Because: It's got a road in it which is always useful in a Springsteen song, a fair few of which feature driving. It's got a great story in it too, ditto.

How Bizarre by OMC
Because: Yes it may be a hip-hop tune but that Spanish guitar thing it does and the mariachi trumpet? Those E Street-ers could so carry that off.

Can't Get Enough by Supergroove
Because: Play it first up. Watch Mt Smart Stadium descend into one very silly party. Have oxygen on hand to administer to brass section, though.

Gutter Black by Hello Sailor
Because: Not only would it be a nice tribute to its writer, the late lamented Dave McArtney, thousands of Westies in attendance would probably cry as they realised:" He's playing our song!" Alternatively, Blue Lady?

Royals by Lorde
Because: There's been a fair few cover versions of this one in the past year. About time for the denim-shirt-red-bandana-New-Jersey remix.

* Which Kiwi song should the Boss sing at his New Zealand shows? Post your comments below.

- NZ Herald

Russell Baillie

Russell Baillie is the Herald’s entertainment editor

Russell Baillie has been writing about entertainment since shortly after entertainment was invented. His first music review was of five whalers singing around a piano which got him run out of the town of his upbringing, Whangarei. Along the way he discovered writing about moving pictures with sound was just as rewarding as his coverage of gramophone products and musical ensembles. Eventually he found a home at the Herald, as the founding editor of the TImeOut section, where has won prizes for editing, reviewing and feature writing.

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