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Mötley Crüe Announces Country Tribute Album

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January 29, 2014 4:15 PM ET

When veteran rockers Mötley Crüe teased fans with the news that they'd have a very, very big announcement to come in January, most music lovers correctly guessed the band was planning on anouncing their retirement. That indeed happened on Tuesday, with the group promising a blowout farewell tour to usher their three-plus decades of metal into history. 

What wasn't quite expected, however, was another little bit of info. The Crüe informed a press gathering that they plan on releasing an album in conjunction with Big Machine Records (yes, home to Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts). And yes, it's a country album. 

Before y'all faint, the Crüe apparently aren't going to be doing any country themselves. This will be a country tribute to their legacy, with Nashville stars covering some of their greatest hits. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, and Cassadee Pope. More artists will be unveiled as the album nears a release date this summer.

Lest you believe this may all be a little early April Fool's prank, Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta showed up at the conference himself, proclaiming himself a "not-so-secret" Crüe fan and declaring, "Our album will highlight just how great the Mötley Crüe song catalog is."

Hmmm, well. We're waiting not-so-patiently over here to find out who will be covering what. (Our vote: Please let LeAnn do "Girls Girls Girls" ... we'll pay money to hear that.)

In the meantime, Crüe guitarist Mick Mars decided to put a little stamp of authenticity onto the project revealing that he's moved to Nashville, where he plans on recording a blues album. (You may want to check out Memphis, actually, Mick, but whatevs.) 

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