Big Machine to Release Motley Crue Country Tribute Album
Rock band Motley Crue are retiring after almost 35 years together, but not without a huge send-off from their country music fans.
Big Machine Records have announced plans to release a tribute album to the heavy metal group, in conjunction with the group’s own Motley Records and Eleven Seven Music. Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope have all signed on to be a part of the project. Big Machine head Scott Borchetta also hints to Billboard magazine that LeAnn Rimes “has a great idea for one of their biggest hits. It will shock people.”
Borchetta is still reaching out to artists who he thinks will be a good fit for the record.
“Everybody that I brought this up to has been so excited,” he adds (quote via Nashville’s Tennessean). “We’re intentionally leaving a few slots open because now that we’ve announced this I know there’s going to be people who want to be on this record.”
The record label head says his involvement with the project makes perfect sense.
“I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning,” he explains. “When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me! 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.”
Borchetta says the artists will be able to put their own creative spin on some of Motley Crue’s biggest hits.
“I want them all to strip down the songs to just the acoustic guitar and then rebuild them with their own vision,” he says. “The songs are that good, they can stand up to that kind of treatment.”
As for the four-man band, who are all original members, they insist they won’t have any second thoughts about their decision to retire.
“We’ve talked about this for years,” bassist Nikki Sixx notes. “It’s because we are on top, holding it together. We wanted to leave a legacy (and) we feel there are a lot of bands that don’t have dignity. We want to call it a day and be proud.”
Each of the band members plan to pursue solo interests after their official retirement. For guitarist Mick Mars, his solo ambitions include a move to Nashville to work on his own album.
“I got lots and lots of musicians to work with,” he says . “(There are) blues people, jazz people, all sorts of people. I should have a very diverse album. It will be a lot of fun.”