Miley Cyrus twerks into Bay area hearts


Courtesy of Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, shown above, films an Instagram video during her concert at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Feb. 24, 2014.

Tyler Elmore, Online editor

Nothing short of hysterical stage play, Miley Cyrus threw an event akin to a high school house party within the walls of Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

With the October release of her new album “Bangerz”  and the scandalous performance at last year’s Video Music Awards, the anticipation for this tour was absurd.

I initially bought these tickets, which, by my standards were extremely overpriced, for my 15-year-old cousin as a Christmas gift. I knew going into it that I may come out deaf from all of the high pitched screaming, but I was also pretty interested in seeing how hard Miley was going to crush the image of Hannah Montana.

The show opened with an artist that I was personally excited to see, Sky Ferreira, who might be described as an indie-pop artist. Her performance was the most low-key of the three, but nonetheless, a well sung and performed set.

Next came Icona Pop, to whom could be compared to as having voices like the munchkins of “The Wizard of Oz.” Their set was filled with a lot of techno remixes and up beat lyrics, but in all actuality, the crowd didn’t really liven up until they played their hit single “I Love It,” which happened to be the final song of their set.

With a long intro that included a screen of Cyrus’ face and a long tongue-slide coming out of it, she opened up the show with the title song from her album “Bangerz,” which on the album, has a verse done by Britney Spears. It didn’t take long to notice that this performance was not going to be so much about the music as it was the theatrics.

Aside from the risqué clothing and cursing, there was a lot of gyrating and thrusting in what has become typical Cyrus behavior. What was more disturbing was the animations that were projected onto the screen behind her. Many of which were her face, but one in particular was very reminiscent of Rihanna’s “Disturbia” music video.

To the popular indie-band ALT J’s “Fitzpleasure,” Cyrus jerked and convulsed while being very scantily clad in just black tape and bondage type apparel. It was more uncomfortable that artsy, which I believe was Cyrus’ intention.

The highlight of the night was when Cyrus moved her band to the back of the auditorium and played a short acoustic set. She performed covers of four songs: “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, “Hey Ya” by Outkast, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1” by The Flaming Lips and “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.

A lot of people seem to hold the belief that Miley Cyrus is just another Britney Spears, but this performance definitely displayed talent. Her diversity and the extent of her knowledge of music was clearly visible with these pieces.

After the acoustic set, she returned to the big stage, closing her set with the song “Someone Else” while flying off into the darkness on a giant hot dog. Cyrus then had two encores: the first of which was comprised of her singing her two chart-toppers “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” and the final song of the night being “Party in the U.S.A..”

The concert finally concluded, but not without with an excess of confetti, pyrotechnics and dancing national monuments, followed by Cyrus being lifted up in the middle of the stage only to put on some fake “hillbilly” teeth and thank everyone for coming.

With my ears still ringing and nightmares of fuzzy, twerking sharks, I would definitely say that Miley Cyrus left an impression on the Bay Area that could only be described as a horribly, fantastic experience.

I just hope that I never have to see a 13-year-old in spandex ever again.