Country-pop superstar Carrie Underwood recently brought out Axl Rose during her Stagecoach festival set to duet on Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and “Paradise City,” calling it the "greatest night of [her] life,” from the stage.
Now, the singer has opened up to Rolling Stone about how the collaboration came out. Asked how she got Axl Rose to “out of hiding,” Underwood responded:
“It was many years in the making. I’ve been covering Guns N’ Roses my whole life, pretty much, and definitely onstage for the past 15 years at least. I had asked before if he would ever come sing, or if I could come to him somewhere. We had a couple almost maybes, where it almost maybe would have happened but for various reasons it wasn’t the right time.
“But [for Stagecoach] I asked. I sent him an email and said, ‘We’re so close to you,’ and explained the why and what he meant to me. The way I learned how to sing was I would pick really hard vocalists to try to emulate, and his voice always mesmerized me. I was like, ‘How is he doing the things that he’s doing?’ So I told him all that…and he came! We had rehearsals and everything went very smoothly. It was easy for all of us to be around each other. Hopefully, he had a good time.”
Underwood covered “Welcome to the Jungle” at the kick-off show of her Denim & Rhinestones tour on October 15 in Greenville, South Carolina. You can check out fan-filmed footage of the performance below.