Ever wondered what it would be like to hear someone like Brantley Gilbert or Cassadee Pope sing “Home Sweet Home”? Or maybe hear Florida Georgia Line rock a little “Girls, Girls, Girls?” Ready or not, you’re about to get your chance.
I can’t say for certain which Mötley Crüe classics these country stars will be performing, but I can say they’re all appearing on an upcoming tribute album to the American rock band. The project will also feature Justin Moore, the Eli Young Band, LeAnn Rimes and several others who still haven’t been announced.
But apparently it will sound a little differently than the glory days of Crüe. The tribute album will allow the country stars to deliver fresh takes on the band’s classics to show off the lyrical quality of the songs. Chances are, you never really took the time to pay attention to the lyrical content while you were rocking out in your car, your bedroom or at a concert.
Hmmm … the stripped-down side of Mötley Crüe? Well, “Kickstart My Heart,” this could be fantastic.
And according to Big Machine Records president and CEO Scott Borchetta — a not-so-secret Crüe enthusiast and one of the brains behind the tribute project — the team at the label is delightfully overwhelmed by the positive reactions from folks, including other artists clamoring to be included.
And “tribute” is the appropriate word. The album will definitely be an ode to rock legends and a way to keep their lyrical legacy alive in the wake of the news that they will no longer tour after 2015. After 30-plus years together, they recently announced their final tour and retirement in Los Angeles by signing a “cessation of touring agreement,” a formal document affirming they’re preparing to take it to the house and call it a career.
But the memories will still live on, and some of those memories will now be in true country fashion, too. Look for the tribute album to arrive sometime this summer.