L.A. Rats, the New Band featuring Rob Zombie, Nikki Sixx, and John 5, Release Cover of Geoff Mack’s “I’ve Been Everywhere”

Yesterday, it was revealed that shock rocker Rob Zombie, his guitarist John 5, and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx were forming a supergroup named L.A. Rats, with Ozzy drummer Tony Clufetos rounding out the line-up. Now, the band’s first single, a cover of Geoff Mack’s classic “I’ve Been Everywhere,” has been unleashed upon the world.

As you’ll hear below, L.A. Rats’ cover of “I’ve Been Everywhere” is 100% what you expect it to be — a bounding, crunchy heavy metal jam with all the fixins. You’ve got John 5’s sheet-metal bounce riffs, you’ve got Nikki Sixx’s sneering attitude, and you’ve got Rob Zombie rambling a hillbilly stream-of-consciousness about having traveled at some point to Buffalo and Sarasota. As fare as songs go to smoke a joint with your feet out the window on a road trip to, you can do no better.

“Isn’t it ironic? This song that’s so rock and roll, that’s so country, that’s so all of it — it’s the traveling circus, city to city, riff to riff, greasy cheeseburger, rinse and repeat,” says Sixx of the track, via Blabbermouth. “It’s poetry based on reality — and it’s something every one of us has lived.

“We wanted to bring that fire that’s Johnny Cash, but it’s also how do we flip it?” he continues. “So John 5 and I brought in this Zeppelin-y half-time thing from the beginning with Rob talking on the outro. But I also did some stuff (that suggested the original) like those big walks through the guitar parts upright player style, which is something I don’t do in Mötley or Sixx:AM. We all had that freedom to go other places, and we did.”

Check out L.A. Rats’ cover of “I’ve Been Everywhere” below:

“I’ve Been Everywhere” comes from the soundtrack of the upcoming Liam Neeson vehicle The Ice Road, out June 25th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below:

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Words by Chris Krovatin