Friday 26 December 2014

Bangerz a smash as controversial Miley's tour hits the 02 arena

Ed Power and Fiona Dillon

Published 21/05/2014 | 02:30

Miley Cyrus on stage at the O2 last night. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Miley Cyrus on stage at the O2 last night. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Miley Cyrus on stage at the O2 last night. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Miley Cyrus on stage at the O2 last night. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Miley Cyrus on stage at the O2 last night. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Miley Cyrus on stage at the O2 last night. Picture: Steve Humphreys

SHE came, she saw, she twerked.

Actually, Miley Cyrus did a lot more than reprise her notorious MTV Awards routine as she headlined Dublin's O2 as part of her 'Bangerz' tour.

Swooshing on stage via a giant 'tongue slide', the world's most controversial former teen star delivered a master-class in pop-art provocation, a tour de force of 'f-bombs', karate kicks and yes, audacious bottom waggles.

Squeezed into a variety of revealing costumes – invariably paired with sparkly cowboy boots and a knowing smile– the Nashville-born singer was every parent's worst nightmare made flesh.

"Dublin!!!!" she began, predictably if exuberantly. "Let's make some mother-f***ing noise".

Cyrus opened with SMS (Bangerz), a bubblegum stomper from her latest album.

She was full of love for Dublin, where she has been based while touring Ireland and parts of the UK.

"We've had an awesome time. I've drank way to much, partied way too f***ing much. Now it's my turn to return the favour to you all. Your city is beautiful. You people are amazing."

She wore a glittering halter-top with a huge Rolling Stones 'lips' motif and walked around the stage, soaking up the room's love.

With hair cropped tight, Miley looked older than her 21 years. This was her second gig in Ireland after performing in Belfast on Monday and last night her army of Irish fans were full of admiration.

The former 'Hannah Montana' star has well and truly shed her good-girl Disney image, thanks to her raunchy stage shows and controversial lyrics.

Suzanne Randle (39), from Kilkenny, who brought her twin daughters Megan and Carrie (14) to the concert, said she was a "bit nervous" before the concert after hearing about her performances in Britain.

Valerie Elliott (43), who lives in Booterstown, Dublin, brought her daughters, Laila (19), Tara (13) and Sophie (11). Her elder daughter, especially, is a huge fan.

Laila said: "I love it that she is not afraid to be herself, I love her music."

She added that Miley is really smart.

"She does things for attention, and she knows that. I think she really thinks through everything she does."

"She knows exactly what she's doing," said Laila.

And Miley knew exactly how to hold her fans' attention.

When a diminutive dancer cavorted behind a cardboard cut-out Britney Spears mask and Miley slapped another hoofer's bottom it seemed par for the course.

Welcome to Planet Miley. It's a freaky place to visit. Heaven knows what it must be like to live there.

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Irish Independent

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