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Miley Cyrus Enters The 80's

Updated on December 30, 2019
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Miley Cyrus with Billy Idol performing "Rebel Yell"
Miley Cyrus with Billy Idol performing "Rebel Yell"

I had to write about this!

80's music: The first thing that comes to mind, are the end-of-the-movie credits, while hearing the tape qualities wear out from time to time. The music was definitely ahead of the time, while technology development was still behind (pre-cell phone days). Cassettes, VHS, Vinyls, & 8-Tracks were the technology. I can't forget the excitement that the micro-cassette recorders brought.

Fortunately for me having faced criticism for not being as abreast on current music, I'm finding that I can see past the controversial hypes of Miley Cyrus, and enjoy her signing talents as she travels into a time-zone of 80's rock music. I was really close to meeting her in person in 2011 when she dined at a restaurant that I used to work at, but my co-worker advised me that the security was too tight. The restaurant that I used to work at was South Bar in Birmingham, MI, which was once across the street from the Birmingham 8 Theater. Film acting was very prominent in Michigan, and a lot of celebrities flew in town to feature in major film productions taking place. I have also found later that she is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, a Country music artist that I enjoyed listening to in 1994 (close-to spelling bee champ me).

While pulling songs for my DJ'ing gig coming up, I stumbled across a stage performance of Billy Idol & Miley Cyrus, and I thought "no way!" when the video was titled "Rebel Yell." So, I gave it a listen, and I was very amazed by the vocal presence that Miley delivers. Billy Idol sings his parts which makes the performance feel like the original song itself. I have also found that I began getting hooked on this live performance! That is something rare that I would say about a song that has Miley Cyrus headlined.

Not too long ago, I became acquainted with Miley being one of the primary judges for Feel The Music show, and I began to see that she was an interesting person that showed appreciation for upcoming, aspiring and competing talents. If she liked the talent enough, she would turn her chair around and offer her feedback and praises (I guess I'm turning my chair around today!).

Her 80's tribute performance of "Rebel Yell" was phenomenal. But, there are a lot more tributes that Miley Cyrus has done covers of:

Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
Joan Jett - I Love Rock & Roll / Cherry Bomb / Bad Reputation
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (Glastonbury Festival)
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole
Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn (with Brett Michaels)

& possibly much more to be discovered.

Miley Cyrus proves that she is more than just a girl that twerks -- she delivers a high energetic performance as a vocalist and choreography movements. She also performs with an actual band, and I can tell that she's influenced by James Hetfield to climb up the stairs and hang out next to the drummer during a live performance. It surely brings a jam session flashback.

What else is there to say? She really caught my attention in performing the rock classics, and I was very impressed by her vocal delivery throughout each video. In conclusion, I had to write about this!

If I had to offer constructive advice to Miley Cyrus: You are really close to being an all-time family favorite, that brings 3-generations of people together. The world looks up to you a great deal. If you can avoid overdoing the swearing, you will save that poor kid from being suspended for following your footsteps. Other than that, you've just won a place on my personal playlist! Great job!

Miley Cyrus also covers a Chris Cornell song!

Lars Ulrich of Metallica was stunned by Miley Cyrus's performance of Chris Cornell's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" during the Chris Cornell tribute show! The setlist also included: The Melvins, Rita Wilson, Nikka Costa and Alain Johannes, Chris Stapleton, Foo Fighters, Josh Homme, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Stone Gossard, Miley Cyrus, Audioslave, Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley, Metallica, Ryan Adams, Temple of The Dog, & Soundgarden.

Showcase was in Los Angeles, CA in January of 2019.

Miley Cyrus & Lars Ulrich of Metallica
Miley Cyrus & Lars Ulrich of Metallica
Miley Cyrus with Iron Maiden t-shirt
Miley Cyrus with Iron Maiden t-shirt
Miley is a Beatles fan
Miley is a Beatles fan
Miley Cyrus the 2 Pac fan
Miley Cyrus the 2 Pac fan
Miley Cyrus the Guns N' Rose fan
Miley Cyrus the Guns N' Rose fan
Miley the Metallica fan
Miley the Metallica fan

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