November 29, 2009

Concert Review: Miley rocks Columbia

November 28

Dear Diary,

OMG. I just got back from the Miley Cyrus concert at the Colonial Life Arena and I don't know how I feel. So I'm going to write to you about it.

At 7:59 p.m. we started chanting her name. Miley. Miley. Miley. Some were screaming louder than others. When she emerged on a platform from underneath the stage, she was encased in what looked like bubble wrap. I think it was supposed to be ice. She broke out of it by singing "Break Out."

Miley sang with a microphone in her hand. I don't like the singers, like Britney, who sing with an ear microphone. Britney doesn't really sing, but Miley, her vocals at times robust and only slightly strained, was singing live. "It doesn't sound like a CD," one kid was overheard saying. "It sounds funny."

I learned the key to head-banging success, which Miley uses liberally. Bend your head and rotate in the circle before lunging upward as if coming up from underwater. On "Glee" the other night, they called the moves "hairography." If you have long hair, it works really well. And she does.

The underwater video montage-Miley as mermaid - wasn't cool. But the "Fly on the Wall" performance was really cool. Miley, hitched to a harness, flew over the arena floor seats. She looked more like a butterfly than a fly.

The dancing at the show wasn't amazing, but some moves were risque. The less-than-a-minute riff of "Thriller" was punctuated by a Beyonce-like booty bump. Speaking of Michael Jackson, in "Party in the U.S.A.," Miley substituted Michael for Jay-Z in the line "And the Jay-Z song was on" from the original version. Miley's admitted to not listening to Jay-Z. Will she admit that the snippet "Thriller" got louder cheers than most of her songs?

I wonder if other people noticed if Miley didn't just move her "hips like yeah" in "Party in the U.S.A." The moves had more thrust to them, reminding of something you might see in a hip-hop video. And Miley can do hip-hop - or is that hick-hop? That's what I call "Hoedown Throwdown."

I didn't buy any merchandise, but I do know from the banners in the arena's plaza that I can go to Walmart and purchase items from her clothing line. And I might have to see "The Last Song," her new movie. We saw an exclusive clip.

Some things that happened during the concert were expected. "7 Things" was energetic and "The Climb" was a glow stick-waving singalong. Her rendition of "I Love Rock N' Roll" rocked harder than Britney's, and "G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)" caused pogo stick-like jumping.

I expected there to be more of that during the show. Near the end of her set, Miley brought her brother Trace, who performed in the opening band Metro Station, out to sing a duet. She asked the crowd to cheer.

There was no shrieking, and Miley called the response weak.

"I see way too many people sitting down," she said at another point.

What do you expect when a third of the audience was there because they're cool parents?

It makes me wonder when the kids are old enough to drive themselves to concerts, will they still be into Miley?

Will I still be writing about Miley in my diary then?

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