Leave it to Miley Cyrus to create a concert show leaving an audience talking about every moment throughout the show. The 38 city Bangerz Tour kicked off last night in Vancouver, B.C. at Rogers Arena, and fans were loving every moment of it.
The Bangerz Tour follows the release of Miley’s album, Bangerz, released last fall featuring hit singles We Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball. The album debuted at #1 on iTunes in over 70 countries.
The show was a spectacle and collage of elements paying tribute to Miley’s assorted past. A 20’ dancing orange puppet and a team of florescent coloured furies paid tribute to her time when she was a kids performer, which many of her fans today still remember her by.
Much of her new music and many of the outfits Miley wore on stage were reminiscent of her country past, including numerous pairs of designer cowboy boots and leather chaps, to songs with a country music flare.
As Miley continues to evolve into a more bass-ass character, her newer songs feature a rap style and tone. This theme is echoed in the Bangerz Tour when she comes riding out on a gold toy car with a series of black dancers back-up dancing and breaking down her beats.
Most of Miley’s outfits throughout the Bangerz Tour show are designed to show off her incredibly toned body, often showing her mid-drift and allowing her plenty of opportunity to twerk for the crowd.
The Bangerz Tour also incorporated diversity. Most of the back-up dancers weren’t the traditional muscle-bound men and women typically expected. From heavy-set to midget, Latin to African American, the variety of shapes and sizes of dancers made the entire show very inclusive. Miley showed a lot of love for each and every dancer, engaging with them throughout the show.
During one of Miley’s love-themed songs, camera crews were in the audience capturing couples, who were encouraged to kiss while being projected onto the massive 80 foot screen at the back of the stage. While there were many straight couples kissing, and of course the typical girl-on-girl action, the biggest audience cheers rang out when a gay couple were lip-locked for a good 20 second kiss. It was pivotal moment during the set.
Throughout the show there were a variety of props, from a 40’ wolf to a giant hotdog and bun (no, she didn’t perform Wrecking Ball on it, which disappointed much of the crowd). Lasers, lights, animated projections and colourful balloons kept the show fun and entertaining.
The most awkward moment of the Bangerz Tour concert in Vancouver was at the end when Miley was singing Wrecking Ball. For the entire last chorus until the end of the song, the band and back-up singers were on pace, but Miley was completely off, singing either ahead or behind the rest of the group. It was very noticeable and threw off many of the concert goers.
Sound Quality: ★★★★☆
Staging / Lighting: ★★★★☆
Ticket Price / Value: ★★★★☆
Audience Interaction / Enjoyment: ★★★★★
Overall Performance: ★★★★★