Karen Bliss of JAM! Music is reporting that the new MÖTLEY CRÜE single, "If I Die Tomorrow", is actually a leftover song from SIMPLE PLAN's recording sessions for their latest album, "Still Not Getting Any..." The common denominator is Bob Rock, who produced the CRÜE's new material after completing work with the Montreal rock band.
"It's pretty dope to be thinking that such a influential huge band chose to work on a song that we wrote, for their comeback, their greatest hits package and their reunion tour. It's pretty amazing," says SIMPLE PLAN drummer Chuck Comeau, who co-writes SIMPLE PLAN's songs with singer Pierre Bouvier. "They just shot a video. The song's going to radio. It's pretty mind-blowing."
After Rock produced SIMPLE PLAN's follow-up to the 2002's 1.7 million selling debut, "No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls", he went to work with the reformed MÖTLEY CRÜE line-up (Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars). Knowing the metal band was looking for new songs to add to its 2-CD anthology, "Red, White & Crue", Rock brought "If I Die Tomorrow" with him.
"It's fun that we wrote the song and we loved it when we wrote it but it didn't really sound like it belonged on the album," says Comeau.
"After our project, (Bob) was going to work with MÖTLEY CRÜE on like four new songs and they were looking for people to the write with and looking for songs, so Bob played them the song and they really liked it. (Bassist) Nikki Sixx worked on some stuff on it, changed a few lines, then they recorded it. It's the original line-up that recorded it, and we're really stoked about it.
Sixx didn't alter much, says Comeau, just a few lines in the verse and some other minor things, but it was enough to give the band a piece of the publishing.
"Anytime you write a song with anybody, you have to figure out how you split it up, and it was really chill with them and cool. They could have been jerks and said, 'We're MÖTLEY CRÜE. We gotta take this.' But they're not like that at all. They were always gentlemanly. It was awesome." Read more.