Miley Cyrus opens her Bangerz Tour in Vacouver, Canada.
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Hold on to your ten-gallon hats and brace yourselves for five more months of Miley Cyrus' stadium spectacle because everyone's favorite wrecking ball just kicked off her Bangerz Tour last Friday night (Feb. 14) in Vancouver, Canada, and will barrel on through North America and Europe until at least mid-June! The platinum-pixied pop star treated British Columbia to a flying hotdog, furry backup dancers, a 17-song setlist—riddled with hits from her current album, old favorites from her earlier day, plus a few covers—and a whopping nine performance outfits courtesy of her laundry list of designer BFFs.
Somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is still twerkin'.
Photo: @mileycyrus's Twitter
This Friday, Miley Cyrus will kick off her highly anticipated Bangerz Tour, and judging solely on photos she tweeted this weekend, it's going to be one big party in the U.S.A. (So, be sure to pack a dream and your cardigan. And maybe some pasties.) In the behind-the-scenes rehearsal snaps, Cyrus, surrounded by dancers wearing stars and stripes, puts a #turntup twist on patriotism in a red-white-and-blue sequined leotard (a look we've learned is custom-made by Miley's stylist, Simone Harouche), coordinating cowboy boots, and (what we believe to be) the same countrified blonde bob wig she wore during Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged.
There are also some trippy cartoon visuals in the background that will no doubt serve a greater purpose to be revealed come Friday. "Even though parents probably won't think this, I think my show is educational for kids," Cyrus told Fuse in a recent interview. So, maybe those visuals are, like, Miley-versions of Schoolhouse Rock??? Pretty sure we've learned our lesson by now that when Cyrus is involved, ANYTHING is within the realm of possibility.
Yep. Probably could've guessed this.
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV
And now for the s*** you didn't see. Or rather couldn't, because there isn't even an alternate universe in which a director would take a tight shot of someone's EAR for a high-profile, nationally televised performance. To the surprise of, I'm sure, literally no one, Miley Cyrus owns sparkly gold earpieces emblazoned with teeny-tiny cannabis leaves. It's no secret that Miles has a thing for Mary Jane. She wears her love of weed on her sleeve. And her halter top. And her backpack. And, of course, in lieu of an acceptance speech at this year's MTV EMA, she lit up a joint onstage. But what you might not have known or noticed was that Miles' earpieces, which she's used for countless performances from iHeartRadio to MTV Unplugged, advertise her 420 ethos, as well.
Miley Cyrus throws down an 'Unplugged' hoedown.
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV
I don't know if it's just because I was THERE for it, but Miley Cyrus has never made so much sense to me until watching her perform for Unplugged. When artists go Unplugged, they strip their music down to its most basic elements, and usually their performance style follows suit (à la Kurt Cobain's nubby cardigan or Jay Z's Che Guevara crewneck). Well, when you dial Miley back to her roots, you get Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry, hair spray, and velvet paintings of Elvis set against sequined curtains. So while her set was stripped-down, leaning heavily on acoustics, her onstage steez left no rhinestone unturned. #turndownforwhat
Miley Cyrus in her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards promo spot.
Next stop on the road to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards? Televised promo spots! And just to prove we're really not messing around, we're kicking them off with none other than grill-wearing, unicorn twerking Miley Cyrus. Miles is responsible for one of THE most buzzed about music videos of the year—"We Can't Stop"—so it's only right we rep the Best Pop Video nominee appropriately (and heavily). Miley's promo spot, if you didn't catch it air last night, features Billy Ray's little girl popping into a party in the subway tunnels below Brooklyn's Barclays Center, stepping in via an overhead manhole ladder (also, killer white Versace pumps). We caught up with Miley's long-time stylist, Simone Harouche, on the shoot to pick her brain about her underground BK party outfit-of-choice for the promo.