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Guns N’ Roses Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant at Pre-Super Bowl Performance

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 04: Axl Rose (L) and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses perform in concert during weekend one of the 2019 ACL Fest at Zilker Park on October 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Guns N’ Roses performed at the Bud Light Super Bowl Fest on Friday, January 31, 2020, and during their set, the band paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. Just before playing playing their hit “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” frontman Axl Rose said a few words about the tragic helicopter crash that sadly took Bryant’s life this past week, as Rolling Stone and Consequence of Sound points out.

“The other night coming home from rehearsal I was like, ‘Is it just me or is that really weird?'” he said. “It was this fog bank, like a thunder cloud over the trees. It was really white with a slight pink and this light coming off the ground. It was really weird. It looks formidable.”

“By morning, apparently, it was much worse,” Rose continued. “That’s what [Kobe Bryant’s] helicopter flew through. It was pretty scary. I want to dedicate this to Kobe and his daughter and everyone on the flight and everyone in the families and everyone impacted by this terrible event.”

From there, the band performed “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” followed by the Appetite For Destruction track “You’re Crazy,” which they played for the first time since 1993. Watch video footage of the tribute below.


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