Miley Cyrus was out of commission for a spell, which kept her away of eye-popping costumes and attention-grabbing headlines for a few weeks. (How did the Internet not sink into the ocean due to a dearth of Cyrus-related material?)
But now she’s back, touring Europe, happily grinding against anatomically correct blow-up dolls, and dropping in on Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards via satellite to deliver a cover of the Beatles’ “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” with some help from the Flaming Lips.
Snoop Dogg introduced Cyrus and tossed to her concert in Manchester, England. Dressed as some sort of tragic gold bird, Cyrus harmonized with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, who looked like a cross between a smashed-up disco pinata and one of those exhibits from Bodies. All told, their slowed-down, tripped out version of “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” was captivating both sonically (clearly her illness did not wreck Cyrus’ voice) and visually (man, that’s a lot of confetti).
Cyrus has a longstanding relationship with Coyne, who dropped in on one of Cyrus’ shows in Los Angeles so the two could collaborate on a version of the Lips’ “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” They have also been spending time in a recording studio: the Cyrus and Lips’ version of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” is currently available via iTunes and is the first single from the Lips forthcoming full-length recording of the Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which will arrive on October 28.
The album, which they are calling With a Little Help From My Fwends, is not only the latest in a series of album-length covers for the band (they previously re-did Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon), but also the latest round-robin collaboration project (the last one, The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends, featured vocals from Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, and Nick Cave).
The album is available for pre-order now, and will also feature many more collaborators (though besides Cyrus, only Moby has been announced).