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Watch Guns N' Roses Cover Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman," James Brown in Edmonton

During their performance Wednesday night, August 30, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Guns N' Roses took the time to play a couple of unexpected covers, tackling classics by country legend Glen Campbell and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

Lest you think that Guns N' Roses have decided to don cowboy hats and pursue a country career, frontman Axl Rose told the crowd "It's not what you think," before launching into the Campbell hit, "Wichita Lineman." "We're going to play something we've never played before. It might not be your thing, but we're just trying to pay a tribute to someone."

For good measure, the band also performed James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" in its entirety—complete with a smoldering solo from Slash—for the first time. The band (sans Slash and Duff McKagan) had previously performed a snippet of the song at Rock in Rio in 2006.

You can watch both of the performances below.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.