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August 5th was a night to remember for fans gathered at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Canada, as Carrie Underwood kicked off her Guns N’ Roses opener with a stunning cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.” The audience was not only treated to a captivating performance but one that showcased Underwood’s exceptional vocal skills and her deep-rooted love for rock music.
The choice of “Wild Horses” for her opener just showed Underwood’s musical versatility and her ability to breathe new life into iconic classics.
During her time on stage, Carrie also sang Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” and played Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” in addition to, Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” and last but not least, Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades.”
The Rolling Stones’ song “Wild Horses” was originally penned by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and is a timeless masterpiece. It made its debut in April 1971 on The Rolling Stones’ album “Sticky Fingers,” later becoming a single in North America on June 12, 1971. The song’s timeless appeal is underscored by its ranking at 334th on Rolling Stone magazine’s esteemed list of the Top 500 Songs.
Carrie Underwood’s connection to rock music has been evident since her early rise to fame. During her American Idol journey in 2005, she wowed the audience with her rendition of Heart’s “Alone,” leaving judge Simon Cowell to predict her dominance in the competition and the music industry at large. True to Cowell’s foresight, Underwood emerged as the season four winner, earning herself a recording contract, a private jet, and a Ford Mustang convertible.
“There really wasn’t any person specifically that I wanted to be like,” she told Billboard in 2013. “Growing up I actually went to a lot of rock concerts, and I loved the energy that rock concerts had.”
Throughout her career, Underwood continued to pay homage to rock legends. She collaborated with rock band Aerosmith on the track “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” in 2013 and shared the stage with The Rolling Stones during their 50 and Counting Tour, performing the iconic “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It).” Her affinity for rock influences, including Queen, Guns N’ Roses, and the Rolling Stones, shines through in her performances and musical choices.
During her captivating rendition of “Wild Horses,” Underwood took center stage, seated gracefully on silver stairs that added a touch of rockstar flair. As the band set the tone, her angelic voice soared, capturing the song’s emotional depth and resonance. It’s clear that her performance was not only a showcase of vocal talent but also a genuine homage to the rock genre and its enduring classics.
While her rocker-hot-pink nails, sparkling earrings, and dangling tassels added a visual rockstar charm, it was Underwood’s voice that truly stole the show. Her ability to infuse her unique style into a rock classic while staying true to its essence exemplifies her musical versatility and dedication to delivering exceptional performances.