A Minute With: Metro Station on tour with Miley Cyrus

Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:37pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - It might not always be easy being associated with one of world's best-known teenagers, Miley Cyrus, but it can have its perks such as a quick path to fame -- as U.S. band Metro Station has found out.

The co-founders of the band are Cyrus' half-brother Trace Cyrus, 20, and Mason Musso, 20, the brother of Mitchel Musso, who stars with the 16-year-old pop idol in the hit Disney TV series "Hannah Montana" about a secret schoolgirl rock star.

The heavily-tattooed Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso met on the set of the TV show. They formed Metro Station in 2006, with Musso as lead singer and rhythm guitar, Cyrus on vocals and lead guitar, and adding drummer Anthony Improgo and keyboardist Blake Healy.

Metro Station released their self-titled debut album in September 2007 with their best known single "Shake It," and toured with numerous bands. They are currently on tour with Miley Cyrus.

Musso spoke to Reuters about the band, fame and success.

Q: It is hard to get away from being linked to Miley Cyrus?

A: "We are not trying to get away from it but we do want to establish ourselves as our own band."

Q: Do you think it has helped get you established quicker and opened doors for the band?

A: "Absolutely. Our siblings have been nothing but supportive but that is something that we needed. At the same time we have done this ourselves. We are Metro Station and we have nothing to do with Hannah Montana."   Continued...

<p>Singer Miley Cyrus performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York in this August 28, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>