PARIS: Cher may have her ideal burial place all mapped out, but the veteran pop star is far from having one foot in the grave with a new album and feisty views on feminism and the “genius” of Miley Cyrus.
At 67, Cher is one of a generation of 1960s performers holding out against retirement — from the still-touring Rolling Stones to Paul McCartney who has also just finished another album at the age of 71.
And she says she has no plans to make room for younger singers like the 20-year-old Cyrus who provoked a storm of controversy with her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
“I’ve noticed... (with) my mother’s generation and my grandmother’s generation, that at a certain age they would just kind of move aside,” the US singer told reporters this week in Paris, where she was promoting her first album in 12 years.
“In my generation — especially in music — if you can move us out you can get in, but if you can’t, we’re still there. Any other generation would have moved aside to let newer kids come in but we’re not giving up,” Cher said.
The album cover of “Closer to the Truth” features the singer and actress in a suitably age-defying blonde wig and skimpy lace dress.
Some 49 shows are planned in the United States to promote the album with the option of more depending on “how I feel about it”, she said.
Cher waded into the Cyrus debate last month when she criticised the singer and “Hannah Montana” star’s provocative VMA performance. afp