Axl Rose took a moment to dedicate Guns ‘N Roses‘ “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at this year’s Super Bowl Music Fest in Miami.
The festival, a three-day event leading up to Sunday’s game, featured performances by Guns ‘N Roses and Snoop Dogg Friday night (Jan. 31) at the American Airlines Arena.
“The other night coming home from rehearsal … I was like, ‘Is it just me, or is that really weird?'” the frontman said onstage ahead of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” “It was this fog bank, like a thunder cloud over the trees. It was really white with a slight pink above the trees … It was really weird. The only word I had for that at the time [was] it looked formidable. By morning, apparently, it was much worse. That’s where [Kobe Bryant’s] helicopter flew through. It was pretty scary.”
He went on to pay tribute to the NBA champion and his 13-year-old daughter, who were two of the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., last weekend.
“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,” he said.
Watch the band’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” performance below.