If last week’s arrival of a new country album, “Nashville Outlaws: A Country Tribute to Mötley Crüe,” has you confused about just what the connection is between country music and the iconic rock band, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx provides a simple answer.
“I’ve been hearing for years that a lot of ‘80s rock fans are listening to new country, and new country fans are ‘80s rock fans,” he says in part two of a video interview with Nashville Edge. “It just all makes sense.”
The new album matches some brand-name country stars with classic Crüe hits ranging from “Kickstart My Heart” to “Home Sweet Home.” Among the stars on the project are Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Brantley Gilbert and Eli Young Band.
Sixx says of the album, “This wasn’t on our bucket list. It’s like a really amazing surprise.” Adds bandmate Vince Neil, “It’s like a cool experiment.”
“This album we didn’t make for Mötley Crüe fans,” Sixx continues. “We have a new Mötley Crüe song that we’re working on right now that’s for them. This album was made for country fans by these amazing country artists who happen to be rock fans.”
With the band’s farewell tour currently underway, Neil and Sixx also talked with Nashville Edge about why they’ve decided to stop touring together after next year’s dates.
After joking that they are getting too old, which gets a laughing reaction out of Sixx, Neil explains “We wanted to go out on top. We didn’t want to be that band that … there’s two [original] guys in the band and they’re playing at a fair, and one guy’s just somebody’s brother, and you go see Mötley Crüe and say “that’s not Mötley Crüe. We didn’t want to become that.” This tour, he says, with all four band members, “Is the way we want to go out and be remembered.”
In the interview clip above, they also talk about a new rock single that’s in the works, and why there are no immediate plans for a full album of new material. Explains Sixx, “We’re kind of over making full albums.” They also spoke about the progress of a new film currently underway based on their 2002 memoir, “The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band.”
Additionally, they shared their hopes that some of the country artists featured on the tribute album might join them at their Oct. 15 Nashville concert. To enter to win a trip to see that show and meet the band backstage, click here