Miley Cyrus at Toyota Center, 3/16/2014

Photos by Groovehouse
Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop
Toyota Center
March 16, 2014

Two dozen plus balloons are bouncing above the audience. A group of furries dance onstage. On the screen behind them is a giant digital photo of Miley Cyrus. Then a hole opens in the screen and a giant pink tongue comes out of it. Actual, human-sized Miley climbs onto the tongue and slides down it to the stage.

To answer the question that popped in to your brain when you decided to read this review, yes, the Bangerz Tour is exactly what you'd expect it to be.

As it should be. Miley represents a very specific version of the American experience, real or imagined, in the year 2014. In a sense, she's Buzzfeed made flesh, a human .gif, a walking meme generator. To give the crowd anything less than that would be wrong.

Get a look at more Miley insanity in our slideshow, "These are the People You Meet at a Miley Cyrus Concert."

With that in mind, there's only one way to review this show properly:

21 Observations on Seeing 21-Year-Old Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour

1. Balloons were hanging up all over the arena before the show started. It was a looners dream come true.

2. The crowd was hyped for the show, but nice enough to wait until after Icona Pop had finished their opening set to start chanting "Miley! Miley!"

3. Pre-show music was a mix of "Bandz-a Make Her Dance" and songs that sound exactly like it. Not sure how to feel about 14-year-olds dancing to it, but their parents didn't seem to have a problem with it.

4. Say what you want about Miley, the music, or the content of the show, but from a technical perspective it's pretty masterful. The lighting design in particular was very well-done.

5. If you took the under, which was set at 9.5, on "How many words Miley speaks/sings before cursing," collect your winnings at the pay window.

6. With her initial outfit, she seemed to be going for "Sexy Picnic Table." Also, it seems like most of her outfits include a backpack or purse of some sort. What is she so worried about losing onstage?

7. Maybe she's worried about losing her pack of Bangerz Tour rolling papers. Those were on sale at the merchandise table. When your tour isn't covered in corporate logos, you have to make money somewhere; smoking accessories it is.

8. A mascot version of Big Sean shows up during "Love Money Party." That's a thing that exists.

Review continues on the next page.

Location Info


Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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So can she have Madonna's career longevity?  Doubt it.


@Puller58  She really does have a good voice. I figure she's going full-bore through a Perv Transition Phase to ensure that Hannah Montana is good and dead forever. I confess I finally listened to a couple of her tunes after I found out she's making music with the Flaming Lips. 


@Anse @Puller58 Well, she lacks looks and sex appeal, so I'm still not convinced she has much of a shelf life.


@Anse @Puller58 Well Lady Gaga is doing stupid things on stage, and she has a background as a stripper.  (And frankly she's not much of a looker either.)  Boils down to the old Hollywood saying that there's no such thing as bad publicity.


@Puller58 @Anse  I agree. There is something distinctly unsexy about her. Maybe it's because I still see her as a teenage girl, I don't know. Or maybe she knows she's only got a few more minutes left and is just milking it for all it's worth. I do get tired of this thing where young actresses reach a certain age and feel it necessary to do something over-the-top sexy, like pose nude or something, to show they're not kids anymore. It seems to be a common thing now.

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