Touring with your little sister may not seem appealing to most rockers. But when the sibling in question is Miley Cyrus, older bro Trace Cyrus and his band, Metro Station -- riding high with its own hits "Shake It" and "Kelsey" -- are all too happy to be aboard her upcoming North American trek, which begins Sept. 14.
"I couldn't be more excited," the elder Cyrus tells Billboard.com. "Honestly, I've been away from home for so long I haven't really gotten to see my family for the past two years. I'm gone on the road more than my dad (country star Billy Ray Cyrus), more than my sister. So the fact I'm gonna get to spend that much time with my family and my band, I couldn't be in a happier position. It's my dream come true; I'm gonna have everyone I love out on the road with me. It's gonna be great."
Touring with Miley does have its benefits -- just as the Jonas Brothers, who certainly received an exponential career boost from the opening slot on the Cyrus/Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds Tour in 2007-2008. Metro Station, however, comes to the party after starting to build its own audience in the modern/alternative rock world.
"(Miley) definitely has some younger kids that come to her shows that wouldn't come to our shows," Cyrus acknowledges, "but we're making music for all listeners. We're definitely gonna try to be child-friendly on that tour. We're gonna try to make it our audience as much as we can. I feel like our music can definitely speak to those kids."
Metro Station hopes to have more music in the relatively near future, too. Cyrus says the group has "well over 20 tracks" written for the follow-up to its self-titled 2007 debut and plans to hit the studio after the tour ends in December with a new release in early 2010. "We've definitely matured," he says of the new songs. "I would just say it's Metro Station, a little more electronic and a little more mature, but the same big pop songs that could be played on the radio."
The group is not yet sure who will produce the album. Cyrus says it would like to continue working the team of S*A*M & Sluggo but also would "definitely love to experiment with some new producers, too. We're just trying to make sure the second record's gonna be perfect."