Axl Rose Assists Carrie Underwood in Selecting Rock Songs to Perform While Opening for Guns N’ Roses (Exclusive)

During select performances on their 2023 stadium tour, Underwood performed rock favorites by Joan Jett, Motörhead, and others. Carrie Underwood received some assistance from Guns N’ Roses before opening for them on their stadium tour this year. The 40-year-old country singer recently shared a few tour dates with the iconic band, even surprising the audience with some rock covers scattered throughout her repertoire. On a few occasions, she’s performed covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” and Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades.” According to a source, the songs were not only chosen by the “Before He Cheats” vocalist, but she also had personal input from frontman Axl Rose. While Underwood used her August tour dates in Moncton, Montreal, and Nashville to promote her latest album Denim & Rhinestones, she carefully planned the setlist for the Guns N’ Roses gigs to please everyone in attendance. From Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” to i-Ten’s “Alone,” Underwood offered some diversity to her sets as the iconic rock act’s opening act.

She also shared the stage with Guns N’ Roses on several occasions. On August 5, she performed “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” with the band at their gig in Moncton. Underwood, a longtime rock enthusiast, has previously accompanied Rose on stage. She famously invited him to play “Welcome to the Jungle” with her on her Denim & Rhinestones Tour in Los Angeles in March. “Los Angeles, I want to hear you make some noise for Axl Rose,” she told the crowd. On Instagram, Underwood subsequently remarked on the experience, stating that she was the “luckiest girl in the world.” It was their first performance together since taking the stage at Stagecoach Festival in 2022. “Thank you, Axl, for showing up yet again to make the good times even better!” she said alongside a series of photos. “It will always feel like a dream, but these are my favorite dreams!” During their 2022 Stagecoach concert, Rose and Underwood also performed “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” “The best night of my life!!! “I’m still freaking out,” Underwood later said on Instagram. “Thank you, Axl, for making this long-held dream a reality!!!You rocked that @stagecoach stage harder than anybody else ever has!”

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