Carrie Underwood rocks the Mane scene with Axl Rose

County superstar Carrie Underwood is no stranger to the Stagecoach Mane Stage country music festival, and she had a warm homecoming on Saturday night.

Underwood came out with a punch with fireworks as she sang “Last Name” from her 2007 sophomore album “Carnival Ride.” The crowd went wild for the singer, who wore a denim jacket with rhinestones, denim shorts and a shiny red top. She immediately showed off her powerful voice and continued to dazzle the crowd with fireworks, letting them know the fun was just beginning.

Once she switched to “Undo It”, fans around the world took to the chorus. She even asked the thousands gathered at the Mane Stage to repeat lines after her, with a megaphone nonetheless. Hearing her fans sing put an infectious smile on her face.

Axel Rose of Guns and Roses performs with headliner Carrie Underwood at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

It was clear that Underwood was happy to be back at Stagecoach, which she was originally going to headline in 2020, but the festival was canceled due to COVID-19. The “American Idol” winner previously headlined Stagecoach in 2016.

“It’s taken us two years to get to this point, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in that time, it’s that we don’t know what tomorrow holds,” Underwood said. She told her fans “don’t waste it” today.

She later paid tribute to everyone people lost in the crowd by singing “See You Again.” A sea of ​​cellphone flashlights illuminated the grounds of the Empire Polo Club.

The Saturday night performance quickly turned into the self-proclaimed ‘greatest moment of his life’ when Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose came out to sing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ with the headliner. . The two legends danced all over the stage and excited the crowd even more. They later sang another hit from the rock band, “Paradise City.”

Headliner Carrie Underwood performs on the Mane Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Guns N’ Roses, with reunited members Rose, Slash (Saul Hudson) and Duff McKagan, headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2016.

Underwood has come a long way since winning the fourth season of “American Idol” in 2005. Her debut album, “Some Hearts,” became the best-selling female solo debut album in country music history. . She revisited the album on Saturday, singing “Jesus, Take the Wheel” with a choir.

Since her career took off, the singer has won eight Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 17 American Music Awards and even five Guinness World Records.

Headliner Carrie Underwood performs on the Mane Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

She sang hit after hit on the Mane Stage, including “Cowboy Casanova”, “Good Girl” and “Wasted”, and they all had people dancing and singing.

Underwood is gearing up for the release of “Denim & Rhinestones,” his new album, on June 10. She performed the album’s title track, which lets her show off her vocal range and still has a fun, danceable beat. The song was appropriate to include in her set since it was all about denim and rhinestones with her outfit. She also performed “Ghost Story” from the latest album.

She then switched to a white top and white shorts with silver metallic ruffles paired with sleek pink cowboy boots. During “Church Bells”, her microphone momentarily cut out and she picked up a second before the first started working again. Underwood didn’t let the situation hold her back, proving what a singer she really is.

“Is this thing on?” she joked afterwards.

Underwood performed his duet with Jason Aldean, “If I Didn’t Love You”, although Aldean only appeared on pre-recorded video.

Axel Rose of Guns and Roses performs with headliner Carrie Underwood at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

The perfect end to his set came with the long-awaited performance of “Before He Cheats”. The singer took to the stage and strutted along to her multi-platinum hit. Even without Underwood singing at times, fans carried the song aloud and fireworks went off to cap off a triumphant second headlining performance.

Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ema_sasic.

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