Miley Cyrus has added a true tear-jerker to her growing repertoire of covers, breaking out her best Morrissey warble for a version of the Smiths‘ classic, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” at her recent show in Belfast, Ireland. The performance provided a breather from the typical bombast of Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, and her performance was a straightforward, affecting rendition of the Smiths tune — though she still took a moment to snap a cheeky selfie video during the chorus. You can watch a partial version of her “There Is a Light” cover above, and a full version here (though fair warning: It’s infected with the scourge of vertical video syndrome).
Along with “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” Cyrus recently covered the Beatles‘ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” alongside the Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd during a show in the Smiths’ hometown of Manchester, England, that aired during the Billboard Music Awards; the pop star is set to appear on the band’s upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s tribute album, too. During her Bangerz tour, Cyrus has also performed a slowed-down cover of Outkast‘s “Hey Ya!” as well as a rendition of Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene.”
As for the Smiths, while vocalist Morrissey may have once again dashed fans’ hopes that the band would get back together — recently telling an interviewer, “I don’t know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion!” — the front man is set to release World Peace Is None of Your Business on July 15th, his first solo album since 2009’s Years of Refusal.
And while Morrissey hasn’t actually joined Twitter to mark the occasion, the musician has begun to treat fans to new album cuts on his recently launched North American tour, and yesterday he premiered a spoken-word performance of album cut “Istanbul,” filmed at Capitol Studios in Hollywood by director Natalie Johns. Moz also teased the album with a reading of World Peace Is None of Your Buisness‘ title track, which featured a cameo from Nancy Sinatra.