Miley Cyrus launches U.S. portion of Bangerz world tour Sunday in Tacoma

Associated PressFebruary 14, 2014 

Miley Cyrus wants you to concentrate on her voice — not her twerking — during her Bangerz tour that launches right here in the Northwest this week.

“Ren and Stimpy” creator John Kricfalusi and contemporary artist Ben Jones have crafted videos to play during the 38 shows — including the one Sunday at the Tacoma Dome — as Cyrus prioritizes singing over dance routines.

“When it’s such a visual show, I’m not going to get up there and dance because I’ve got to sing live,” Cyrus said. “So it’s like to have things that people can watch other than me … not about me trying to keep up with choreography.”

The 21-year-old former Disney star spoke at a rehearsal studio two days after performing with — and spanking — Madonna at her recent “MTV Unplugged” concert. She found the 55-year-old star a kindred spirit in displaying unabashed eroticism.

“I’m not trying to replicate her or be her, but we’re standing for a similar freedom,” Cyrus said. “It’s even easier for me than I’m sure it was for Madonna. So I think it’s going to get easier and easier, as generations go on, women are going to be more accepted to be free and embrace sexuality.”

But while Cyrus might be urging her audience to listen to her singing voice when her North American tour kicks off Friday in Vancouver, B.C., it’s hard to ignore her speaking voice, which she also has been using quite a lot lately.

Advice to Justin Bieber

Miley Cyrus had been 21 for all of two months when she recently took the role of senior statesman, giving advice to the trouble-plagued 19-year-old star Justin Bieber.

“I would just say, ‘You know what, you’ve got a lot of money. Pay people to make sure you don’t get in trouble,’ ” she told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” in late January. “And party at your house. Buy a house, and add a club to it.”

“You know it’s funny,” Cyrus said, “ ’cause today, I was looking, my fans put all these people’s mug shots up and they were like, ‘I don’t see a Miley mug shot yet.’ ”

What’s her secret to keeping the world free of such an image? Well, she stays on the right side of the legal line.

“I get the most flak of anybody … (but) I’m not doing anything illegal.

“Everything I do is legal in California.”


Cyrus held a teleconference with journalists to discuss her upcoming Bangerz Tour, although the rules were that the reporters had to submit written questions, they could only be about the tour, and her publicist chose the questions and read them to Miley.

So no asking about twerking.

But here are some of her choice comments.

To create the visual content for her tour, Kricfalusi recently sketched her for two hours. “Our whole tour is based on animals,” Miley said. She promised lots of kitties.

Different designers, including Marc Jacobs and Jeremy Scott, are creating looks for her tour. She’s also using “archive pieces” from Bob Mackie. “Clothes for me — or lack thereof — say a lot,” she said.

She admitted that she’s a hoarder and that she’ll be giving away lots of her personal stuff to fans. “All the kids always want to keep the confetti, but I want to give them real things to collect,” she said. “I’m giving lots of junk away.”

She planned to decorate her tour bus like a Barbie dollhouse. “It’ll be pinked out,” she said. “The dudes will come on and want to puke.”


Some have speculated that Cyrus’ recent appearance on MTV’s “Unplugged” could be a preview of some elements of her tour. If that’s the case, be prepared for a little country flavoring.

“I don’t know if you guys know this or not, but I’m from Nashville,” she told the studio audience shortly after vaulting on stage in a tight red-gingham jumpsuit, sparkly cowboy boots and a blonde bob. “And since I couldn’t make all of you guys go back home with me, I tried to bring Nashville here for tonight.”

Then she proceeded to do some serious twerking on two men in horse costumes to the tune of her country-fried stomper “4x4.” She eventually changed into a ripped-up denim outfit that was covered head to toe in sequins.

The singer had transformed a soundstage into a country barn, as envisioned by a popstar. A giant wagon wheel adorned with LED lights hung above the stage, hay was scattered about on the floor, and the audience sat on rustic wood benches. Cyrus even sat on a prop log for one ballad. Her nine-piece band got in on the Southern action, wearing denim, flannel, cowboy boots and wide-brimmed hats.

She put a twangy spin on the bouncy “Do My Thang” and even tossed off a “yee-haw.’ She also covered her godmother Dolly Parton’s hit “Jolene” — but her version must have left Parton blushing. Her country flair was meshed with her current over-the-top randiness.

But she’s at her best without all the schtick. Cyrus might have twerked her way into the zeitgeist this past year, but make no mistake: the girl can sing. It’s easy to forget amid all her antics, but when she slowed things down, the results were downright astounding.

Then Madonna showed up during a cover of her country-electro-fused hit, “Don’t Tell Me.” The Queen of Pop was ushered through the crowd and sat in the audience before she joined in. The song then masterfully morphed into Cyrus’ summer jam “We Can’t Stop” as the two playfully stuck out their tongues.

Christie D’Zurilla, Gerrick D. Kennedy, and Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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