It's Daddy Cyrus versus the Hannah-mania virus

by Alison Bonaguro
Special to the Tribune
Published in the Chicago Tribune on November 9, 2007


It's only fitting that achy-breaky country stalwart Billy Ray Cyrus and his A-list celeb daughter Miley blow through the Windy City within weeks of each other. Not that there's a parent-offspring rivalry afoot, but we thought it would be fun to see how the two tours and artists stack up against each other.


Why was 1992 such a big year?

Daughter Miley was born. And "Achy Breaky Heart" broke chart records.

What's up now?

He's playing the part of Miley's dad on Disney's "Hannah Montana."

What's the live show like?

Cyrus says his live show is "a little bit Waylon, a little Cash, and a whole lot of Lynyrd Skynyrd."

What'll it cost me to get in?

Around $30.

Which came first, music or screen?

Music. After hitting the big time musically, he turned to acting, playing the lead role in TV's "Doc," before "Hannah Montana" came along.

Overnight sensation

The elder Cyrus hasn't had much critical acclaim since the early '90s.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet

Price: $32-$62; 312-555-1212


(a.k.a. Miley Cyrus, a.ka. "Hannah Montana")

Why was 1992 such a big year?

She was born to hotshot country star Billy Ray Cyrus and his then-girlfriend Leticia "Tish" Finley. (Tish and Billy Ray married soon after Miley was born and are still married.)

What's up now?

Duh. She's the star of Disney's "Hannah Montana," a show with, like, 5 million viewers.

---------- ctc-tempo@tribune.com Copyright 2007, Chicago Tribune

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