Concertgoers expect music, but the experience is what makes the show. Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour is an experience to say the least. Her show on February 22nd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was comprised of her and 15,000 of her closest friends throwing one of the biggest parties that Hollywood can handle. There aren’t many places outside of LA that you can go and see not only the star of the show, but other stars out to support them. Katy Perry, Hillary Duff, Joel Madden, Christina Aguilera, and Harry Styles, to name a few, were present at the Staples Center, twerking along with everyone else. Guys and girls alike strutted around, sporting Bangerz tour t-shirts, foam fingers, and “Miley buns,” to hear the pop star belt out tunes from her number one album. Gay couples, straight couples, best friends, and strangers of all ages came together to see their idol give it all she had on a trippy stage. However, the set- much of which Cyrus designed herself- never took away from the audience knowing that Miley owned the show. Fans love Cyrus’ antics, but at the same time love Miley for being true to herself and to her music.
During the performance of “Adore You,” a kiss cam was in motion where Cyrus encouraged fans to “use as much tongue as they could” with the person next to them, (unless of course, Miley prefaced, it was a parent.) “I don’t know if you know this, but tongue is really appreciated at a Miley Cyrus show,” Cyrus took this time to not only belt out her ballad, but to show Katy Perry some love in the front row with a kiss.
The strangest, yet coolest moment of the evening was Miley’s collaboration with the Flaming Lips on “Yoshimi.” Cyrus related her excitement over and over again, saying, “I don’t care if we f-ck this up, I want to sing it like ten times with you.” She sang the song twice with them, not because anyone messed up, simply because she could. The rule is to expect the unexpected from Miley Cyrus.
When Cyrus said she was creating a movement, she wasn’t kidding. In two hours at a Miley Cyrus show, you can laugh, cry, and scream. At the end of it, you feel a part of something bigger- a movement. Her transformation before the public’s eye from innocent Disney robot to unfiltered free- bird doesn’t surprise her fans one bit, they embrace her, twerking and all. Her message is simple- LOVE. Love your body. Love what you do. Love one another. Most of all love life, and have as much fun as you can while playing it all out. Maybe the religious protestors outside Cyrus’ shows claim that Smilers are “going to hell,” but if they were inside the arena, they could have had a whole other kind of religious experience.