(jessica nominates her picture above for album art in case Scott Borchetta is reading this)
This summer, country music will add a little more rock. Big Machine Records will be releasing a Motley Crue tribute album, which will include renditions of the rock band’s hits from some of country music’s current stars. Scott Borchetta, Big Machine’s found and CEO, is apparently a huge Motley Crue fan.
“I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning,” Borchetta said when announcing the project on January 28. “Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is. At the end of the day, that’s what will stand the test of time.”
For Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, he tells The Tennessean that dabbling into country is a first for him. “I think it was somebody’s crazy idea that turned into reality.”
At first, Neil wasn’t so sure that a country tribute album was a good idea. “I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know. Let me think about this one for a minute. The more I thought about it, the cooler it got, especially after Carrie Underwood did ‘Home Sweet Home‘, and that was so good. I’m thinking to myself, ‘How cool would it be to hear these other acts’ renditions of the songs?'”
Although Underwood’s version of “Home Sweet Home” won’t appear on the tribute album, the album is shaping up to have some of country music’s current heavy hitters. Rascal Flatts will be singing “Kick Start My Heart,” Justin Moore on “Home Sweet Home,” and Eli Young Band’s version of “Don’t Go Away Mad”. Other artists making appearances on the album include Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Cassadee Pope and LeAnn Rimes.
Big names for sure, but Vince admits that he hasn’t heard of many of them. “It’s fun, because my girlfriend is a country girl,” Neil said. “She’s a barrel rider in the rodeo. When I showed her the names, she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.’ I’m like, ‘Tell me, tell me. Fill me in.'”
“I’m an old classic rock and roll guy,” Neil adds. “The really cool thing is I think a lot of people have heard of the name Motley Crue, but don’t put the music to the face. I think it’s going to bring a lot of fans that aren’t Motley fans in. It will make them go, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve heard that song before.’”
Motley Crue announced plans for its final tour earlier this year.
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