From the “wacky collaborations” department, Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips hit the stage together on Wednesday to perform the Beatles classic ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.’
A studio version of the duet will appear on the upcoming Flaming Lips full-album remake of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ which they’re calling ‘With a Little Help From My Fwends.’ But the live performance during Miley’s Manchester, England concert was the first chance for fans to hear what the oddball team-up sounds like.
The verdict? Based on the amateur fan video posted to YouTube, it sounded as though the remake was just as trippy as the original. There were some minor changes, like replacing the drums after the first verse with strings and slowing down the chorus.
Balloons and confetti fell from the ceiling as Cyrus and Lips frontman Wayne Coyne traded vocals and harmonized on the classic Lennon-McCartney tune, with Coyne banging on a cymbal during the hook. Coyne wore a silver robe, while Cyrus wore gold.
Cyrus appeared to jump in too early on the final chorus, and after the performance she told the audience, “We're gonna do that again because I f---ed that sh-- up!” Fans reported that the singers played the song three times, apparently because one of them will be televised on an unknown broadcast, perhaps this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards.
The Flaming Lips are known for their live covers. On occasion they’ve even covered entire albums from start to finish, such as Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ Cyrus has also been playing a number of cover songs on her Bangerz world tour, including Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ and Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene.’
The European leg of the Bangerz Tour continues through late June. In August, Cyrus resumes touring in the U.S. with a brief two-week arena trek on the East Coast and in the Midwest, ending at Chicago’s United Center.
Though there has been some controversy over some of Miley’s revealing outfits and risqué on-stage behavior, the Bangerz Tour has largely been a major success for the 21-year-old. That’s despite the singer having to cancel several dates earlier this year due to illness.
Meanwhile, the Lips’ Beatles tribute album arrives at retailers on October 28 and also features Phantogram, MGMT, Moby, and My Morning Jacket. There’s also a direct Beatles connection, as John Lennon’s son Sean performs on the record.