Stagecoach 2022 recap: Relive the California country music festival’s best moments

Here’s a recap of everything from Stagecoach 2022, including an epic set from Carrie Underwood and special guest Axl Rose.

Jackie Kolgraf
May 2, 2022

The Highway (Ch. 56) team was out in full force at Stagecoach Festival 2022, kicking things off with a special Music Row Happy Hour before bringing you interviews with all your favorite country acts ahead of their live performances.

Here’s a recap of everything that went down over the three-day weekend in Indio, CA, at California’s country music festival, and keep listening to The Highway to hear more from this year’s artists.

Related: Relive Bret Michaels’ epic 2019 Stagecoach set with Guy Fieri & more guests 

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Axl Rose joined Carrie Underwood on stage

In a Coachella-esque genre crossover for the ages, Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose joined headliner Carrie Underwood for a duet of two Guns N’ Roses songs — “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” — during what Underwood described on stage as “the greatest night of [her] life.”

Related: Carrie Underwood introduces her favorite empowerment songs

Luke Combs shared his pre-show ritual

Ever wondered what Sunday night headliner Luke Combs does right before he hits the Stagecoach Mane Stage? He shared his very simple, one-step pre-show ritual with SiriusXM.

He also took the time to hang out backstage with The Highway hosts and teach them a thing or two about shotgunning a beer — for the second time.

LOCASH brought out special guest Mike Love

It was only appropriate for one person to join LOCASH on the Mane Stage during his performance of “Beach Boys” — and that’s Mike Love, the original Beach Boy himself. After that song, the two also sang the Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Kokomo” together.

LOCASH, Mane Stage, Performances, Stagecoach 2022

Travis Dennis put together a special mix-tape

The “She’s On It” singer assembled a special Stagecoach mix, including songs by Luke Combs, Shania Twains, the Allman Brothers, Elton John, and more.

Thomas Rhett wants to collab with Ashton Kutcher

Friday headliner Thomas Rhett could’ve chosen anyone in the country music world as his dream collaborator, but instead, he chose… Ashton Kutcher? Maybe this is a hint that Rhett has silver screen plans in his future.

Related: Thomas Rhett’s new album features songs ‘that are going to pop off live’