Chris Stapleton Wins Over Guns N' Roses Fans at Nashville Stunner

When Guns N' Roses announced that Chris Stapleton would be opening the Nashville stop of their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour, it appeared to be the unlikeliest of pairings. Last night onstage at Nissan Stadium, Stapleton himself admitted as much.

"When I was a kid, if you'd have told me I'd be up here playing before Guns N' Roses, I'd have called you a liar," said the singer, taking a breather after unleashing guitar fireworks during a blistering "Outlaw State of Mind." That performance and "Might As Well Get Stoned" in particular illustrated how simpatico the connection between the rock & roll outlaws and the against-the-grain country singer really is. During "Stoned," Stapleton let loose the blues-country equivalent of Axl Rose's air-raid siren wail, while steel great Robby Turner played his guitar-hero foil, tilting his instrument precariously forward on its front legs. Stapleton, looking over at Turner, beamed. It was a moment of spontaneous emotion and theatrics, perfectly suited for a stadium stage and a Guns N' Roses crowd that not only welcomed Stapleton, but, on the main floor, stood on their feet for the duration of his eight-song set. via RollingStone