Carrie Underwood has gladly returned to being an opening act, when she takes the stage ahead of Guns N’ Roses for a few shows on their 2023 Global Tour. The Grand Ole Opry member has long been a fan of the heavy metal rock band, which is why she was so eager to join them on the road.
“I’m super excited to get to open a few shows for Guns N’ Roses,” Underwood shares with her record label. “Of course, I’ve been a massive GNR fan for pretty much my whole life. I’ve been able to sing with Guns N’ Roses and Axl [Rose] separately a few times.”
Underwood and Rose’s joint performances include a surprise collaboration at Stagecoach Festival last year. But for Underwood, the biggest thrill is getting to watch Guns N’ Roses, night after night.
“I think the things I look forward to most are obviously watching their show, and being around them,” Underwood says with a laugh. “But it’s just such a fun vibe. Their fans are absolutely incredible and so supportive and just have been so much fun [in] everything that I’ve seen from them. But [I’m] also looking forward to just doing some things in our set list that I might not get the chance to do any other time. I wanted to be me, but I also wanted to bridge the gap between me and Guns N’ Roses a little bit, so we’re just having a blast with it.”
Underwood might be one of the biggest superstars in country music right now, but she’s going to show off her rock side while opening for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.
“I’m doing some cover songs of some rock stuff that I love,” Underwood hints. “I’m mashing up some of my songs with some other songs. We just look at it as an opportunity to be creative and get to do something we’ve never done before; just have a good time with it. So, hopefully, my fans that are at the shows will see things that they’ve never seen and hear things that they’ve never heard in a really cool way.
‘And then also, even if there are people out there who have no idea what I do, hopefully, they’ll really enjoy seeing us before Guns N’ Roses and just have fun with us too,” she adds. “So, it’s an opportunity for new creative things to happen, and I’m excited about it.”
The mother of two shared some photos of her unforgettable first night opening for Guns N’ Roses on social media, while also reflecting on the monumental event.
Just a country girl living out some rockstar dreams…I want to say a HUGE thanks to Guns N’ Roses for having us out on…
“Just a country girl living out some rockstar dreams…I want to say a HUGE thanks to Guns N’ Roses for having us out on tour, as well as their amazing fans!” Underwood writes. “I was super nervous playing for another band’s crowd (of a completely different genre, no less) but you all made us feel so welcome!!!”
Underwood is currently enjoying a Top 40 hit with “Out Of That Truck.” The song, which she wrote with Lydia Vaughn and David Garcia, is from her Denim & Rhinestones (Deluxe Edition) album, which was released in June.
“I feel like musically, we wanted ‘Out Of That Truck’ just to feel like … I’m gonna use the word ‘rock’ super loosely,” Underwood says of the song. “We wanted it to be driving, and guitar-heavy. It’s not an aggressive song at all, so we didn’t want to push it there, but we just wanted it to move and have some energy. I have an affinity for guitars, so it was one of those wanting it to take you somewhere, and you can sing along with it.”
Find all of Underwood’s music and upcoming shows, including her dates with Guns N’ Roses, at CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com.
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