But do you remember the first time that metal sparked something inside of you? Everyone starts somewhere. Some had a relative’s record collection to thank. For others it was MTV. These days, that discovery usually happens online. And all of those introductions are valid, just as it will be for those who discover Metallica via Miley Cyrus covers. The rite of passage awakening will be no less powerful for them either. A whole new generation discovering a raft of metal music by proxy can only benefit the genre long-term. Maybe one of those inspired young women will even grow up to become the next metal megastar. Lord knows we could use a few new faces.
Like it or not, Miley Cyrus is a Rock Star – capital ‘R’, capital ’S’. You might remember her as a pop singer. Maybe you’ve heard of her as Hannah Montana, the Disney icon. Or perhaps you’re only vaguely aware of her by name because you remember her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, released a country single that did quite well in the comparative black and white days of 1992. She is all of these of things, but if you’re sceptical about her rock credentials, check out her show-stealing Glastonbury set last summer. Edgy, provocative, captivating and above all else, dripping with as much as talent as she was sweat, it was a statement performance.