Arctic Monkeys rocker Matt Helders loves Miley Cyrus' cover of the band's track Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?, insisting her version is better than the original.
The controversial pop star performed the song as part of her MTV Unplugged Special in January (14) and introduced it into her Bangerz tour set when the European leg kicked off in London on Tuesday (06May14). The British band's drummer Helders has now revealed he is a huge fan of her version.
When asked to name his favourite cover of an Arctic Monkeys song, he tells Australian radio station Triple J, "I think Miley Cyrus' version of Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?... She did some bits in there I wish we'd have done. She gets higher than we can... in the voice."
Madonna is set to team up with Miley Cyrus again after asking the Wrecking Ball singer to guest curate her latest Art for Freedom online project. The two pop superstars will collaborate to choose the daily featured submission on the website.
Announcing the news on Wednesday (02Apr14), Madonna said, "There has never been a more crucial time to participate and help create change in the world. I’ve been so inspired by people’s submissions since we began and I welcome Miley’s input along with her fans to express themselves artistically and to share their creative ideas on the subject of human rights and freedom of speech.
"Miley and I look forward to hearing your voices in the format of your choice throughout the month of April and onward."
Thrilled Miley added, "I’m glad to join Madonna in encouraging people to have their voices heard at artforfreedom.com. It’s an ideal home to see how each of us can participate in changing the world for the better."
The singers will select a winning submission from all those tendered and present a $10,000 (GBP6,250) grant to a charity of the winner's choice.
They last worked together when Madonna joined Miley for two songs at her MTV Unplugged show in Los Angeles in January (14). The two stars performed a mash-up of Miley's We Can't Stop and Madonna's Don't Tell Me while wearing matching glittery cowgirl outfits.
Madonna launched the Art for Freedom project in September (13). Katy Perry was the guest curator for the project in January (14).
Madonna adopted Miley Cyrus' signature tongue waggle as she joined the pop star for two songs at her MTV Unplugged show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (28Jan14). The two stars performed a mash-up of Miley's We Can't Stop and Madonna's Don't Tell while wearing matching glittery cowgirl outfits.
As Madonna left the stage after her performance, Cyrus, who playfully smacked her guest's bottom, told fans, "That was pretty f**king cool... It sounds super-lame, but as a pop star it's pretty cool performing with Madonna...Today was one of those days that it was really easy to get out of bed."
The 11-song concert featured a cover of Dolly Parton's country hit Jolene, which Cyrus also performed at Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party on Saturday night (25Jan14).
The full show will air in America on Wednesday (29Jan13).
Pop star Miley Cyrus is set to tone down her outrageous onstage persona in a stripped-down special for MTV. The We Can't Stop hitmaker will show fans a more intimate side as she tackles acoustic versions of her tracks for MTV Unplugged.
A statement from MTV reads, "The Unplugged stage has been home to some of the most iconic live performances of all time.
"Miley's vision for the performance is like nothing we've ever seen. I can say that this will easily be one of the most memorable Unplugged performances to date."
The network's Unplugged series has featured iconic performances from the likes of Nirvana, Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z.
Cyrus embraced her outlandish side in an advert for the show by donning a wig and false teeth and baring her breasts in the promotional shot.
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Some things should just be left as they are, and that definitely goes for certain bands getting back together. Whether it’s pop, rock, R&B, or metal acts, reuniting with your long-lost band has become something of a trend as of late. Many bands claim to get back together to revive their creative talent, but it’s really not too hard to see that bands get together when bank accounts start to empty out.
Recently, Joan Jett wisely refused to do a Runaways reunion, and it got us thinking about what other bands should’ve done the same to keep their legacy intact.
Spice Girls Though the tour may have been a success, the Spice Girls reunion tour in 2008 was more than awkward. The girls were all grown up, and all that was left from the platform-shoed, UK-flag-clothing empire that the Spice Girls created in the mid-'90s was a bunch of washed up pop stars trying to relive their glory. Posh Spice couldn’t even be bothered to show up to certain promotional events, and spent most of the concerts posing and lip synching for her life.
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was always known to be a talented band full of quick-tempered divas, so when they announced a VU reunion in 1992, fans everywhere were pretty shocked. The group got together for a European tour in 1993, with John Cale filling in vocal parts for Nico, who had passed away in 1988. The European tour went well, and the band decided to move forward with an American tour, as well as an MTV Unplugged set and maybe even a new record. Not surprisingly, though, the legendary beef between Cale and Lou Reed reared its arty head, and Cale stormed out of the group before any of their future plans could move any further.
The Jacksons What are the Jacksons without Michael? Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon got together in 2012 for the Unity tour, supposedly dedicated to their late brother, Michael (Randy sensibly declined to join the tour). The tour seemed doomed from the get-go, having being met by the public with more eye-rolls than excitement, especially with rumors going around that the group might use a MJ hologram on the tour. Not surprisingly, the ill-fated vibes surrounding the tour at its inception ended up being legit – out of the thirty-eight tour dates that the Jacksons announced, eleven U.S. shows were canceled, and although the tour was supposed to last from June to December, wound up ending in late July. Should've listened to LaToya, boys!
The Police The Police was legendary for the tension between lead singer/bassist Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland, which culminated in many dramatic moments, like the time Copeland “accidentally” broke one of Sting’s ribs in the studio. The band broke up in 1984, so it was surprising to hear that they were getting back together in 2007. However, it didn’t take long for the claws to come out –after their first performance, Copeland published a statement on his website, giving his own band a phenomenally crappy review. Copeland compared the beginning of the show to premature ejaculation, called the show "lame," said that Sting looked like a “petulant pansy” (points for awesome alliteration), and declared that the band was merely playing “avant-garde twelve-tone hodgepodges.” Now that’s pure poetry.
New Order This reunion was awkward for a lot of reasons. For starters, if New Order is Joy Division without Ian Curtis, shouldn’t New Order only be New Order when bassist Peter Hook is around? Clearly, the band didn’t think so, going forward with a 2011 reunion with a different line-up. Hook had refused to join the band for a series of tour dates, but the band went forward with their reunion, anyway. Hook released a series of zings in response, including “The truth is, [singer] Bernard’s a twat and he always has been” and “I don’t think they’re New Order, because I was in that band.” Ruined in a day, indeed.
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