Carrie Underwood’s love of Guns N’ Roses is no secret, so her band performing “Sweet Child o’ Mine” during her Stagecoach Festival set on Saturday was no surprise. She came as a shock to the audience, however, by bringing GNR frontman Axl Rose onto the stage. After “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, the two performed another of Underwood’s favorite songs, “Paradise City”.
Underwood performed at Stagecoach’s Mane Stage in Indio, Calif. on Saturday night, starting with a set list featuring some of his greatest hits. She sang “Good Girl”, “Wasted”, “Two Black Cadillacs”, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, “Cry Pretty”, and more. “Denim & Rhinestones,” the title track from her upcoming ninth album, was performed live for the first time. She also dedicated “See You Again” to Noami Judd, who died just hours before taking the stage.
After 16 songs, Underwood turned things around. Her band performed the opening chords to “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” then she introduced Rose. After that song, Underwood shouted to his audience, “You thought we were done? They definitely weren’t, because they went straight to “Paradise City.”
“Carrie Underwood blew up tonight”
— Alicia G. Rossiter DNP, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN (@agr_drltc) May 1, 2022
Rose left the stage after two songs, leaving Underwood to finish the set solo. “I can’t believe we thought we should have more songs after this,” Underwood said, reports Variety. She ended the show with “Smoke Break”, “Something in the Water”, and “Before He Cheats”.
“I’m sobbing for her”
“Welcome to the best night of my life, give it up for Axl Rose!” -Carrie Underwood
I sob for her 😭 pic.twitter.com/2eZVVcU0EX
— J. ⚡️ (@TheGNRGiirl) May 1, 2022
Longtime Underwood fans know she loves Guns N’ Roses. In November 2019, she shared a clip from a GNR concert she attended after packing her Cry Pretty Tour 360. “I rank tonight among the 5 best nights of my entire life!” she wrote. “After the last show of our tour last night, the band and I flew to Vegas [Caesars Palace] for a [Guns N’ Roses] Pin up. This. Been. Incredible. I’m talking about an amazing 3 hours!” Underwood also wore a GNR shirt during rehearsals for the 2019 ACM Awards.
“What a fun show it was”
Carrie Underwood really treated this festival like a Vegas residency or Super Bowl halftime show. Dress changes, top vocals (even with the mic issues, it was amazing), choir, Axl Rose, theatre. What a fun show it was. I loved every moment. #CarrieUnderwood #Diligence pic.twitter.com/zTf9hjPoTW
— Balint (@balintng) May 1, 2022
During a stop on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2020, Underwood said he met Rose after seeing GNR perform in 2019. “I always say it’s hard when you meet your heroes because I look at him as someone who taught me how to sing because I loved how he could just do different things with his voice,” Underwood recalled. “I was like, ‘I don’t know! If I meet him, and he’s not all I want him to be.’ But he was. It was awesome. He was super cool and nice, and we talked – we’re best friends.”
“She never disappoints”
Carrie Underwood IS Artist of the Year (or Decade) She never disappoints. With this setlist, with Axl, these voices, the outfits, everything. She always raises the bar. This whole show is just another proof of why she is THE greatest. ❤️ #CarrieUnderwood #Diligence pic.twitter.com/nNE325Rsah
— Balint (@balintng) May 1, 2022
Underwood’s Stagecoach appearance came after his residency at Resorts World Las Vegas ended last month. his album Jeans & Rhinestones will be released on June 10 and will include the hit “Ghost Story”. Underwood co-wrote 11 of the album’s 12 songs.
“Carrie bringing out Axl Rose was the best thing ever”
Carrie Underwood released Axl Rose tonight at Stagecoach and they performed Sweet Child O’ Mine & Paradise City. I DON’T KNOW HOW LIFE IS AFTER THIS!! 🥺🥺
—Anne. (@Ayy_zee) May 1, 2022
“Carrie bringing out Axl Rose was the best thing ever & Sweet Child Of Mine and Paradise City…WOW! [Underwood]you are amazing!” a fan wrote.
‘Better. Night. Demon. Life!’
Carrie lives her best life on stage with Axl = the rest of us live our best lives when she’s on stage 😂🤘🏻🔥 https://t.co/usUP9S7kmj
—Abby Benjoya (@twisted14318) May 1, 2022
“The. best. night. of. my. life!!! I’m still freaking out!!! Thank you [Rose], for making this lifelong dream come true!!! You shook that [Stagecoach] stage stronger than anyone has ever done before”, Underwood gushed on Twitter.