Carrie Underwood’s highly anticipated Denim & Rhinestones Tour is officially in full swing.
The eight-time GRAMMY Award winner embarked on her 43-city trek over the weekend (Oct. 15) in Greenville, South Carolina. The sold-out show at Bon Secours Wellness Arena was jammed packed with new material and fan favorites from her impressive catalog.
Country music breakout star Jimmie Allen performed for eager ticket-holders, before the powerhouse vocalist took the limelight. Underwood pulled from her ninth studio album throughout the high-energy set and captivated the audience with a cover of “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses.
While many hitmakers save their hottest tracks for the end of the show, Underwood decided to deliver the exhilarating rendition during the encore. Wearing a leather jacket, chain shorts, and diamond-encrusted cowgirl boots, Underwood returned to the stage in full force. As her full-set band worked their magic, Underwood stomped and whipped her hair to the beat.
“Welcome to the jungle, we take it day by day | If you want it you’re going to bleed, but it’s the price you pay| And you’re a very sexy girl, it’s very hard to please | You can taste the bright lights, but you won’t get there for free.” she belts while launching into the familiar chorus. “In the jungle, welcome to the jungle | Feel my, my, my, my serpentine | Oh, ah, I wanna hear you scream.”
Hoots and hollers filled the venue, as Underwood ran down the catwalk to interact with excited concert-goers. Before the electrifying guitar solo, Underwood wowed with a chill-provoking crescendo that displayed her wide vocal range. This is not the first time Underwood tackled a rock classic, as she previously joined forces with Axl Rose at Stagecoach for a jaw-dropping cover of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and in the United Kingdom for “Paradise City.”
Underwood also placed a country-rock flair on “Poor Everybody Else,” from her recently released 12-song collection. In the midst of the up-tempo track, she ditched her microphone for drumsticks. In a fan-recorded video, Underwood is seen slaying a glittery drum set.
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Her percussion skills were not the only element of the show that shocked listeners, but her high-rise aerial performances. The artist first showcased her knack for acrobatics during the 2022 CMT Music Awards, from her Las Vegas residency.
Following the buzz-worthy show, Underwood turned to social media (Oct. 16) to reflect on her favorite moments and to share a handful of snapshots.
“I woke up this morning with the sounds of the crowd still ringing in my ears! What an amazing opening night for the #DenimAndRhinestones tour! Thanks, Greenville, SC, for being what may have been the loudest arena crowd we’ve ever had!”
Underwood’s family was in attendance and her husband, Mike Fisher, captured her son Isaiah waving to his superstar mother from his seat.
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“My sweet boys came to see their mommy’s first show! Jakey caught a few songs, at least, before he drifted off to dream land,” she wrote in an Instagram caption. “One was blowing me kisses…one was sleeping soundly.”
Underwood will hit New York’s Madison Square Garden, Nashville’s iconic Bridgestone Arena, and Los Angeles’ Crypto.com dome. /Cmt.com/