County superstar Carrie Underwood is no stranger to the Stagecoach country music festival Mane Stage, and she had a warm homecoming Saturday night.
Underwood came out and struck a blow with fireworks as she sang “Last Name” from her second album “Carnival Ride” from 2007. The audience went wild after the singer wore a denim jacket with rhinestones, denim shorts and a shiny red top. She instantly showed off her powerful vocals and continued to dazzle the audience with fireworks, telling them the fun had only just begun.
When she moved into “Undo It”, fans everywhere joined in the chorus. She even instructed the thousands gathered on the Mane stage to repeat lines after her, albeit with a megaphone. Hearing her fans sing brought an infectious smile to her face.
It was clear that Underwood was happy to be back at Stagecoach, which she was originally supposed to headline back to 2020, but the festival was canceled due to COVID-19. The “American Idol” winner had previously headlined Stagecoach in 2016.
“It took us two years to get right here, and if there’s one thing I learned during that time, it is that we do not know what tomorrow has to offer,” Underwood said. She told her fans “do not waste” today.
She later paid tribute to all those people lost in the crowd by singing “See You Again.” A sea of cell phone lights lit up the Empire Polo Club fields.
Saturday night’s performance quickly turned into the self-proclaimed “biggest moment of her life” when Guns N ‘Rose frontman Axl Rose came out to sing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” with the headliner. The two legends danced all over the stage and got the audience even more excited. They later sang another of the rock band’s hits, “Paradise City”.
Guns N ‘Roses, with reunited members Rose, Slash (Saul Hudson) and Duff McKagan, hosted 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 last Saturday, beating out “Jesus, Take the Wheel” with a chorus.
Since her career skyrocketed, the singer has won eight Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 17 American Music Awards and even five Guinness World Records.
She sang hit after hit on Mane Stage, including “Cowboy Casanova”, “Good Girl” and “Wasted”, and they got all the people dancing and singing along.
Underwood is preparing for the release of “Denim & Rhinestones”, her latest album, on June 10th. She performed the title track from the album, which lets her show off her vocal range and still has a fun danceable beat. The song was an appropriate one to include in her set as she was all about denim and rhinestones with her outfit. She also performed “Ghost Story” from the latest album.
She later switched to a white top and white shorts with silver metallic frills paired with stylish pink cowboy boots. During “Church Bells,” her microphone turned off for a moment, and she picked up a second before the first one started working again. Underwood, however, did not let the situation set her back, proving how ready she is of a singer.
“Is this thing on?” she joked afterwards.
Underwood performed his duet with Jason Aldean, “If I Didn’t Love You”, even though Aldean only appeared on a pre-recorded video.
The perfect ending to her set came with the long-awaited performance of “Before He Cheats”. The singer got up on stage and strutted her stuff to her multi-platinum hit. Even without Underwood at times singing, fans carried the song loudly, and fireworks were set off to end a triumphant second main performance.
Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ema_sasic.
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Stagecoach 2022: Carrie Underwood rocks the Mane Stage with Axl Rose