Miley Cyrus said she sometimes found herself struggling on stage as she tried to maintain her authenticity but still play the songs her fans love. Even though, by that point, she had outgrown them.
Cyrus was on The Howard Stern Show this week to discuss her new album Plastic Hearts and play some songs from it. The conversation took a surprising deep turn. Cyrus began to lament the shelf life of her own music. Moreover, how the expiration date is different for her than it is for her fans.
“I think you can start to see the evolution kind of there because I started outgrowing my record, which is always the bummer for touring for a year at a time,” she said. “You start outgrowing your album in real-time.”
But it’s not that she gets “sick of” her songs, she just outgrows them, she told Stern.
For a time at her shows, she would perform the songs that she was currently in love with. And if that meant leaving off some of her bigger hits then so be it. But that changed when she spoke with music legend Paul Simon. The former Simon & Garfunkle singer asked her what songs she planned to play at an upcoming concert. Simon only knew one of them.
He reminded Cyrus the show wasn’t for her.
“You gotta do the hits,” she recalled him telling her. “For your whole show, it’s gonna be 90 minutes, you’re going to sing one song that you like. And the rest you want to make sure everyone that paid to see you love.”
She took his advice and added Wrecking Ball back into her set the next night.
Miley Cyrus Says Her Show Caused ‘Psychological Issues’
Miley Cyrus also got candid about how starring on the wildly popular Disney show “Hannah Montana” actually caused her a lot of psychological issues.
“The whole show’s premise was that when I had my normal hair and looked like myself, no one gave a s**t about me,” she told Stern. “And then when I got all dolled up and put a wig on all of a sudden… people are chasing my tour bus.”
She said it was hard at the time to process what it all meant, but it did give her a unique insight into fame and celebrity. Even if it was a painful experience.
“That’s a lot to put on a kid,” she said. “To say, when you’re yourself nobody gives a f**k. But then when they go and kind of groom you to look like something else, something you’re not, and you’re really young and it’s a lot of make-up and wigs and all this stuff.”
She said she’s not upset about it, but has been thinking about the topic a lot lately.
Her latest album Plastic Hearts was released on Nov. 27.