Daily Record: Exclusive- Metro Station to revive 60s TV show The Monkees

9 01 2010

POP stars Metro Station are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Hannah Montana siblings Miley Cyrus and Mitchel Musso – in a 21st century version of the classic Monkees TV series.

Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso are in talks with producers to create a sit-com based around their adventures in the million-selling US act, best known for their hits Shake It and Seventeen Forever.

They hope to replicate the classic Monkees series that ran between 1966 and 1968 and starred Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.

The pop goup enjoyed superstar status, with a string of hits such as Daydream Believer and Last Train To Clarksville.

If the moves comes off, it will also see Metro Station mirror the TV careers of Miley, who plays the title role in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, and Mitchel, who plays her best friend Oliver Oken.

Mason, 20, revealed: “My little brother Mitchel is working on putting together a show right now and I am trying to get on that with him.

“Meanwhile, Trace and I would love to get on a show together and be a band in a series. If it is done very well, it could work. We have been talking and we are looking at that so we will have to see.

“We thought it would be cool to show everyone what we do in Metro Station. People want to see the reality of being in a band and the life you live doing that.

“Everything would be scripted because reality shows are kind of done. The cool part about it would be to have funny stories mixed up with what really happened. We have lots of stories from being on the road over the years.

“We were travelling in a van once, going up north, and every 30 minutes a car would flip because of the snow and ice.

“But I am no director and I will be happy to leave the storylines to the experts. There is talk and the right steps have to be made.”

And Mason admits sibling rivalry played a huge part in Metro Station’s bid for worldwide domination.

He said: “Our record has gone gold and our singles have sold about five million and I do think it’s partly down to our siblings and a certain rivalry, but it’s all done with love.

“Me and Mitchel will mess around. It is brotherly rivalry and I’m sure Trace and Miley are the same way.”

Metro Station formed in 2006 after Trace and Mason were introduced to each other by their parents, including country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, who had moved to California after Miley and Mitchel landed their TV roles.

Within weeks, the pair formed Metro Station and went on to tour with top-selling acts such as Panic at the Disco, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.

Mason recalled: “Me and Trace met when we were both 17. We had both moved to California as our siblings were cast in Hannah Montana.

“His mom and my mom were talking everyday. It was like, ‘Oh, you have a 17-year old son, I do too.’

“They always wanted us to meet but we were like ‘No, mom.’ Eventually we went up to the set on the same day and just clicked.

“You know mothers. That’s just what we do. We owe it to Trace’s mom and my mom that Metro Station got together and we are even doing it as a band.

“Me and Trace were working at the mall. When we both got together we decided to try to get some money out of our parents so that we could get amps and guitars. Our parents were very supportive.

“In the beginning we just did our own thing. We got the band together, got in the van and toured for nine months.

“We wanted to build our fan base from the ground up. We didn’t want to take free advantage of doing things with our siblings.”

Despite their independence, the band have just finished a tour as special guests of Miley, with a final UK date which took place in Manchester on Monday.

Mason explained: “Now that we are here and have done it on our own, we are happy to do things that our siblings are doing.

“The cool thing about it is that Miley’s music and our music is different but it works together and on tour the sounds come together.

“It’s cool to play in front of so many people every night.

“A lot of them come to see Miley. She has some great songs and a really good voice.

“But I think they leave the show having enjoyed the band. Even the parents enjoy it.

“They don’t know what to expect because we are not part of the whole Disney scene.”

Source- Daily Record