At the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Miley Cyrus began her Bangerz tour on Valentine’s Day and did her best take performing a Monica Lewinsky to a Bill Clinton-masked impersonator. Oh, yeah — and there were revealing costumes, tongue-shaped slides, same-sex smooching, sex toys, simulated masturbation, twerking, and even a little bit of singing during Miley’s show.
The Bangerz tour is expected to hit 38 cities in all, throughout both Canada and the United States. Miley is showcasing the songs featured on her latest album, Bangerz, which was released on October 4, 2013.
Bangerz is the fourth studio album from Miley Cyrus, and it debuted in the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart as well as the Digital Albums chart. By doing so, Bangerz became her fifth number one album. “Don’t Stop,” the first single released from Bangerz, went to number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Then, the second single, “Wrecking Ball,” became Miley’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2014.
Besides singing songs of of Bangerz, Miley Cyrus, 21, also sang some of her past hit singles like “Party in the U.S.A.” and “Can’t Be Tamed”and covers of the Outkast’s “Hey Ya” and Dolly Parton’s standard, “Jolene.”
The Vancouver concert began with Miley Cyrus emerging from a blown-up photo of her own face. She slid down a giant pink tongue as she sang her Britney Spears collaboration from Bangerz, “SMS.”
Among her numerous costume changes, later Miley Cyrus changed into a green, butt-baring leotard with images of sparkling pot leaves on it, and she simulated masturbation atop a gold-colored SUV.
At another point in the concert, Miley Cyrus was dressed in a gold and red colored bodysuit with a sparkling red heart on her costume’s backside. At the same time, video screens behind her depicted cartoon images of sex toys and drug paraphernalia.
As if these theatrics weren’t enough, Miley Cyrus also danced with a large foam finger much like she did when she performed “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke at the VMAs, and she rode on a huge floating hotdog, as if it was a rodeo horse.
Also, in front of a male dancer dressed up in a tuxedo and mask to look like President Bill Clinton, Miley Cyrus — wearing cowboy hats and a cowboy hat — fell to her knees and simulated an action Monica Lewinsky became famous for. Miley did this while singing “Party in the U.S.A.”
According to Michael Mann’s review of the show in the Straight, Miley Cyrus twerked throughout much of the concert, and anytime she aimed her butt (the review used a different word) at the audience, “the roar was deafening.” Miley Cyrus will conclude her North American tour in New York this April. Then, she will bring her Bangerz tour to the shores of Europe.
Written by: Douglas Cobb