Country music sensation Carrie Underwood took center stage on August 6, 2023, in Moncton, Canada, as the opening act for Guns N’ Roses during the latest leg of their North American tour.
What truly caught the attention of devoted fans was a nostalgic bring back of Underwood’s power powerhouse song she performed on American Idol years ago.
Underwood, who first captivated audiences during her unforgettable run on American Idol in 2005, embarked on a journey that would cement her as a music legend. During the top 11 finalists’ performance on March 22, 2005, she unleashed her remarkable vocals on Heart’s timeless rock ballad “Alone.” This electrifying rendition remains etched in the memories of her fans as one of her best performances during her run on the show, as well as a prediction of her imminent stardom.
Fast forward to the present day, and Underwood finds herself not only sharing the stage with Guns N’ Roses but also paying homage to the very song, “Alone,” that marked her rise to fame.
To start off with, during her recent rehearsal for the tour kickoff, a clever and subtle reference caught the attention of vigilant fans. Sporting a T-shirt that bore the slogan “Eat the worm!” alongside an illustrated sombrero-wearing worm, Underwood’s choice of attire mirrored that of Axl Rose from the late ’80s or early ’90s.
Carrie Underwood & Guns N’ Roses
The chemistry between Underwood and Axl Rose first ignited when the two vocal powerhouses joined forces on stage. Following an electrifying duet at Underwood’s Stagecoach performance in April 2022, the dynamic duo shared the limelight again during Guns N’ Roses’ London concerts a few months later. A surprise appearance by Rose during Underwood’s 2023 Los Angeles concert further solidified their musical camaraderie.
Carrie Underwood opened for Guns N’ Roses in Moncton and her set list was a masterful blend of her own hits and classic rock anthems that showcased her versatility. The awe-inspiring rendition of “Alone,” with its powerful lyrics and heartfelt melodies, demonstrated that Underwood’s vocal prowess has only grown more refined over the years. As she seamlessly transitioned from Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” to Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” the audience was treated to a great show.
In a heartfelt message following the unforgettable performance, Underwood expressed her gratitude to Guns N’ Roses and their passionate fan base. “Just a country girl living out some rockstar dreams,” she wrote, according to Loud Wire. “You all made us feel so welcome!”
The journey from her triumphant Idol days to sharing the stage with rock royalty just shows an artist who continues to redefine the boundaries of musical expression. Underwood certainly solidifies her place as a true icon, honoring the past while forging ahead a new path forward.