Let me just start off by saying, I am a fan of Miley Cyrus.
Despite every fiber of my musical soul, there is a piece of me who can’t-stop, won’t-stop singing “Wrecking Ball” or “Party in the USA” when it comes on - see what I did there.
Hidden somewhere deep in my iTunes library are quite a few Miley Cyrus songs, even some Hannah Montana ones, and I am only somewhat ashamed to admit that.
I’m sure you all have formed your opinions on the pop singer, especially since her infamous Video Music Awards performance. If your negative opinion stems from the way she dresses, acts or her lifestyle choices: stop reading now. I refuse to bash the way someone chooses to dress or live their life, so there will be none of that here.
However, I do have one issue with Miley. It’s not how she acts or presents herself, but how she tends to exploit certain types of people, using them as props rather than performers. While I do not support all of Miley’s performance choices, I must say she gives one heck of a show.
I went to the second installment of her Bangerz tour at the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 16. It was crazy from start to finish, and I loved every second of it. Before I get to Miley, imagine an entire concert venue filled with girls ages eight to 25 accompanied by the occasional parent and a few male fans.
To give you an even better idea of the crowd, I heard a girl squeal “Beer Selfie” before taking a picture of herself with a drink. No judgement, but I shudder to think of the number of Snapchats I was in the background of.
Icona Pop, consisting of two Swedish girls, opened and completely blew me away. The vocals were on point and the bass was loud, it was a perfect way to kick off the night.
Now one more thing before I get into the good part. A trend I’ve noticed - especially with female artists - is that their performances are becoming less about the music and more about the “wow-factor” of a show. Take a look at Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, even Queen Bey. It’s like a rat race for these ladies of who can get away with the craziest crap. After seeing her concert, I definitely feel like Miley is winning.
Her outfits, her props, dancers and other ridiculous shenanigans, had me WTF-ing, with a smile on face the whole time. Without going into too much detail, I will give you the highlights, or rather the craziest events of the evening. In one of the wildest openings ever, a giant Miley head opened its mouth to reveal a tongue slide with her sliding down to greet the audience. It only got weirder from there. The show also included a giant dog, a weed-patterned unitard, a little person dressed as a joint and twerking. Oh so much, twerking. In an exit to match the wild opening, Miley left the stage on an over-sized flying hotdog. To say you had to be there is an understatement.
My only complaints were, as I said before, the use of certain people as props, in addition to the lack of older songs and no surprise appearance by Billy Ray Cyrus to perform his new “Achy Breaky Heart” remix. I couldn’t have been the only one who wished for at least one Hannah Montana song. However, despite my dismay, the show reinforced Miley’s wish to disassociate herself with the “Disney days” and I guess we’ve just got to learn to accept that.
In all her wild shenanigans, Miley was able to take past criticisms and incorporate them throughout her performance to prove that she really doesn’t give a crap about what you think of her.
I have seen a lot of concerts in my time, but Miley is definitely in my top five. Not only because she puts on a wild show, but because I was able to belt out some of my favorite songs like only my car and bedroom have seen me do. Yes, I am definitely a fan of Miley Cyrus.