Miley Cyrus Wonder World Tour Concert Review

September 14, 2009 at 11:59 pm Music
Miley Cyrus Tour Portland Spectacle

Miley Cyrus Tour Portland Spectacle

If there was one thing that was made perfectly clear at the Miley Cyrus Wonder World Contert Tour debut in Portland, it’s that Hannah Montana is no more. Miley has clearly hit a turning point in her life and career where she’s stopped being a child actress performer and is starting to explore her blossoming adulthood. It’s that transition when a teenager slams their door and instead of hearing Avril Lavigne emanating from the room, you hear Led Zeppelin. This period of time is exciting, wonderful, awful, painful and confusing, which in many ways is captured in the immense spectacle that is Miley’s concert tour.

Changing costumes with almost every number, Miley seemed to be trying on dozens of different looks, perhaps to see which best reflected herself. Musically this frenetic change of styles was also apparent. The show bounced around from rock to pop to ballad and then into songs which seemed to blend all those styles into one. It’s entertaining to watch but you get the real sense that Miley isn’t quite sure who exactly she’s becoming.

Miley was very clear about who she isn’t. In the hour and a half set, Miley barely touched any of the songs which made her a success, only flirting with the Hannah Montana library with a very sexed-up version of Girls Night Out and a nice rendition of The Climb. She seemed to steer very far away from her signature Hannah Montana theme song, something I think really disappointed the rather young audience.

There’s no denying that the Miley Cyrus concert tour is a grand spectacle. Each song seemed to be accompanied by some sort of massive set piece and with ten dancers and constant and elaborate choreography; the show was a constant feast for the eyes. Miley Cyrus deserves a tremendous amount of credit for this accomplishment. The complexity of the staging and the sheer amount of choreography (not to mention the constant costume changes) would be a huge challenge even for the most seasoned of performers. Miley Cyrus tackles this aspect of her show masterfully and should be commended for it. Unfortunately, musically she didn’t match the grand spectacle. It’s not that Miley is a poor performer – when she hits the mark, she’s got a solid voice, great stage presence and wonderful connection with the audience. I just don’t think the bulk of her material is all that great. There are some real stand-outs among her work including her new hit Party in the USA, The Climb (the theme song from The Hannah Montana Movie) and When I Look at You (which is the theme from her upcoming 2010 film, The Last Song). The rest of the songs she performed never really break out and tended to fall a little on the dull side.

Miley Cyrus put to rest any question that she can rock, with a fantastic cover of Joan Jett And The Blackhearts ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll’ which she sang while riding a motor cycle that was lifted up over the audience and flown through the air. It was frustrating to hear that she does have the talent, even to rock, but not the real material to back that up. Another frustrating moment came during a transition between numbers where Miley and the dancers teased with a short bit of the Thriller dance; I would have loved to see her cover Michael Jackson, but the number was only a quick tease and Miley did not sing.

Throughout the 90 minute show, Miley changed her costumes a dizzying 10 times. Most of the costumes were skin tight and accentuated her breasts. This sexually forward side to Miley might have been a bit of a shock to the parents of the younger kids in the audience who came to see ‘Hannah Montana’. My daughter, who is 10, even commented on how much Miley showed off the fact that she’s got breasts (it was that noticeable). Despite this obvious display of her blossoming sexuality, Miley kept her show fairly tame. Rather than shock or put off her audience in some sort of rebellion, she simply declared her womanhood and burgeoning sexuality.

Miley Cyrus on Tour catches a young artist at a real intersection in her career. There seems to be a dynamic performer emerging from the bubblegum pop child star she once was. Hopefully after this tour she’ll be able to have some real time to work with a producer and song writers who can see her talent and bring out the best of it, because without a solid foundation of music under her, all the spectacle in the world won’t be enough to ignite her career and carry her beyond Hannah Montana.

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251 Comments

  1. Christina says:

    My husband and I took our daughters to see Miley in Lexington, Ky and we were all shocked…yes, we knew it wasn't a Hannah Montanna concert, but with all the young fans there, why would her and her brother behave the way they did?..Taking his shirt off after they asked him not to was disrespectful not to mention innappropriate..Miley wore too revealing outfits and didn't sound good at all. Her brother's music was worse. I used to be a big Miley fan as my daughters were but after paying all this money to see a concert (their very first one)…then being disappointed, we were sorry we went. If only we could get a refund. We walked out after the pole dancing started…it felt as if we took our kids to a strip joint, which would be just insane…

  2. Abbie says:

    the whole experience was amazing….the best concert anyone could ever go to!!! miley was amazing and i loved it all sooo much!!!!! it felt so cool to be like so close to a celebrity…its feels unreal!!!! miley rocks!!!!! xxx abz xxx

  3. Ethan says:

    I'm an 18 year old fan and saw the London show tonight with my 17 year old brother. It was an incredible show and Miley proved she's maturing into an amazing artist. It was definitely NOT a Hannah Montana show and was all the better for it. We were surrounded by under 12's who knew none of the words to any of the songs apart from the singles (which suggests they're not the ones buying Miley's albums, just the HM soundtracks if any, so sales wise she won't miss them as her music matures and they are left behind) and after a couple of songs most of them looked bored and disinterested with a couple of kids and parents even leaving before the end of the show. I feel the tour was a showcase for a budding artist and she'll only continue to get better which is a pretty exciting thought.

    The only bad point I can make is that it was way too short and felt like it went by in a flash. We'll be buying tickets for her next tour without hesitation and hopefully we'll see a lot more older fans there next time!

  4. chloe says:

    I went to see the concert at the O2 in London and it was amazing espeically when she was flying into the audience. I have always wanted to see her because she is my idol and i really want to be like her when i am older. Metro Station where really good aswell. A very good day and i will never forget it :) xxx

  5. lauren hill says:

    i love mily cyrus i saw her on the wonder world tour she was amazing on the second show in bermingham but the frist show was not as good my frinds tell me.i liked it when she went on the moterbike well i loved every minite of the show .i liked it when it shown her looking like she was in water on the cube it was just amazing thank you so much miley for putting on a great show from you're biggest fan
    lauren hill xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    p.s i love you're dad and you're sister and you're two brothers there were lots of little ones there that loved it but some children were tired and fell asleep but i woke them up.

  6. lauren hill says:

    p.s i will never forget it .because I LOVED IT SO MUCH.

  7. Morgan :) says:

    I am 14 years old and i went with one of my friends, i thought miley was amazing and it is the best concert i have ever been to. I dont think i will ever forget it :)

  8. megan says:

    i am a girl that loves miley cyrus and i saw her concert 23rd december 09 and it was the best if poeple want to take there kids to see hannah they should not bey miley cyrus tickets i think ofr MILEY CYRUS it was the best frist concert in the world and i will be going again
    i love you miley cyrus

  9. Kayla says:

    Im 10 and I went to see Miley last night i was realy supriesed of how good she was it was the best iv heard her sing and shes an amazing dancer her out fit she wore to sing bottem of the ocean was stunning .I tierd off every on dissing Miley i think she was amazing and people should give her a break!!!!

  10. MileyRocks says:

    I am 17 and i went to see Miley last night in Manchester UK i was rather dissapointed with the concert. Some of it was amazing and then it would drop. Alot of the concert she was out of breth and therefore couldnt sing all of the song and kept missing out bits. At first i thought the microphone has broken. However it was very entertaining but she should have concentrated more on the singing than dancing all the time. I wouldnt take a young child to see the show by the way she was dressed and dancing. I saw Taylor Swift Last month and she was incredible i would recommend anyone to see her. I would love to see Miley again if it was cheaper im sorry to say it wasnt worth £60. Im still a Miley fan and always will be though :)

  11. Rosey says:

    Not meaning to be rude to your comment about her but maybe you dont know what it is like to be at her age and able to sing. Neither do i but i was at this concert and i must say it was brilliant. Ok the vocals were not always as touched up as on the album, but thats what you get at a concert. Thats why we go. And the reason she was not hannah montana is that she wants to have a go at her singing career and thats good. So what she chose that style of dress sense. Also if you wanted to see hannah montana then go to a hannah montana concert. Because this is Miley, and thats how she is. And i paid £100 for a ticket and would pay it again. She chose different style of music because thats what she is and if you read her books you would know. I love miley and will stick by my point.

  12. Rosey says:

    I loved this concert so much. i went to see her in Birmingham and would again and again. Shes amazing and anyone who disagrees should get there head checked. Say In your next message : Rosey I agree: if you agree with me!

  13. Rosey says:

    @megan
    I went to see her on that date too! were u Birmingham?

  14. Rosey says:

    @MileyRocks
    Hi i saw her too and i think the whole atmosphere of her running around and dancing is the partof it and i went with my little sister who seemed fine with the whole thing so….. sorry

  15. sparkle100 says:

    Saw Miley in Manchester on Sunday nite and it woz amazin. Best concert ever!!!!!!

  16. Amy says:

    Hi, I'm from Scotland and I am a huge fan of Miley :) So I travelled down to Manchester to see her perform on the 28th of December which was her 2nd last date of the Wonder World Tour. I thought the show was absolutely amazing :D Miley sang a great variety of music, and I agree with the review above about her not really knowing where she is going next with the mixture of pop, rock and ballads, but i think it is becoming clear that she wants to head in the rock n roll direction with her cover of I Love Rock 'n' Roll. I think although she sings ballads she shows a rock side to her when she sings them, I really love her newer song "Obsessed" and although she didnt write it, I think it could be very sucessfull if she released it :)I think Miley did not dissapoint fans like me who like her new music and are not looking for Hannah Montana although I wasnt impressed when she sand "Lets Get Crazy" and "Spotlight" , songs from the hannah montana movie. Its just going to encourage her younger fans that like her for Hannah Montana to keep following her, when she is trying to get rid of them :/ Its not that the songs werent good, i just would or prefered to have seen her sing "The Driveway" or "Goodbye" from her Breakout Album. Overall i think the performance was great and would go and see her again and again

  17. Aisling says:

    I saw her in Manchester on the 28th ! i Think she was amazing . Best Concert ever . I am so sick of people being disapointed because she wasnt Hannah Montana but if you see how she advertised and her tickets it is Miley Cyrus concert and just Miley Cyrus there is nothing about
    Hannah Montana . I was very impressed with her concert.I Love rock and roll was amazing. Loved the hoe down throw down and party in the usa also :) .. Over all it was class (:

  18. MileyRocks says:

    @Rosey
    I wasnt saying she shouldnt run around and dance on the stage im saying that she should concentrate more on her singing people sitting at the back wouldnt have been able to see all of that but they would of been able to hear her. I loved the concert but im just saying it wasnt the best i have been to.

  19. ellie says:

    i went to see miley on the 27th dec and thought she was alright her costumes were alright but she spent all her time with her head down singing. come on miley show ur side of the idol we all see

  20. kirsty says:

    im 17 nd i went 2 c miley cyrus on the 23rd at bimingham, i took my 2 little cousins, nd they absolutely loved it, i really enjoyed it too! im near enough the same age just a couple of months older, nd i could never be as energetic nd entertainin as miley, shes also a great role model, not onli for kids but for people my age, we can relate to her! I would definately go 2 see her in concert again!

  21. missjesse says:

    You knew when you bought tickets that it was a Miley concert! She's Hannah Montana no more, as much as I loved the program – shes 17 and shes not a little kid any more. It was stated that it was a MILEY concert – NOT HANNAH MONTANA. If you ask me, shes beautiful and I love the fact that she is appealing to older audiences and growing up (with herself and her music)!

  22. lousie says:

    @Rosey
    yeah i went to see her in brum to when did you go ?

  23. Rosey says:

    I was not saying it in spite or anything its just my opinion on it all….

  24. Rosey says:

    also im only saying how brilliant the concert was.

  25. Rosey says:

    @lousie
    I went on thw 23rd of december

  26. Sophia says:

    I am 10 years old and I went to see Miley Cyrus and she was awsome. I went to see it with my best friend and we loved her. I never thought she would be that good and as her clothing style changed so did her song style. I liked "Simple Song", "The Climb" and "Bottom of the Ocean" she did it beautifully, and every part of it was worthwhile. I cried at the end not because I was sad because I couldn't believe I was there. I went to her Best of Both Worlds Tour but this time she was really good and no Hannah Montana. I am really exicted that she introduced her new movie "The Last Song" I feel bad for the people who didn't attend her concert. It was truly amazing.

    I LOVE YOU MILEY!

  27. I LOVE MILEY says:

    Hi im 10 i saw miley at the o2 with my friend i thought she totaly rocked and my faverait song was party in the usa. it was my first conset and i will never forget it. i hope i can go and see her again

  28. I LOVE MILEY says:

    no.1 fan keep rocking on

  29. I LOVE MILEY says:

    I LOVE MILEY :no.1 fan keep rocking on</blockquote

    @ellie

    thats true

  30. Sienna Shaull says:

    miley is a great singer and who ever hates her singing is nuts and i mean it and if i ever do become a pro singer (witch i might)i hope i meet her she is my singing role modle. i hope i get to meet her real soon!!!!!!!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  31. Sienna Shaull says:

    boy do i wish i could go to her concert i have never been to one :( i realy want to go but i have no one to take me and it is to expensive. :(

  32. daniella says:

    ypu are so awsome can i have tickets?

  33. daniella says:

    i went in september on the 26th for my birthday when did you go?@lousie

  34. Rosey says:

    I LOVE MILEY! and if she reafs this then i just want to let her know I LOVE HER SO MUCH!

  35. TT says:

    To start with, I am what you can call a "Miley crazy fan"

    To be frankly honest, I didn't go to any of the concerts, due to the fact that she didn't come anywhere near my town, but I have seen all the videos posted on the internet, and I have to say that you might have a point somewhere.
    Miley did shock most of the people in her "breakout". In my opinion, what she's trying to do is get out of this "Hannah" image, and tell people that she's changing.
    One thing that caught my attention is when you mentioned that she didn't sing her TV hit theme song, recognized as "The Best Of Both Worlds". I do believe that one of the reasons is that it is a "Miley" tour, not "Miley and Hannah", so she wanted the focus to be on HER sons not her tv show's.

  36. lozzy says:

    miley your awesome i went to see that concert with my dad and i sat right at the very top in the box. i hope i can see your concert again.love you my friends and i wish you good look in the future hope it goes well! chaw dude! love lozzyxxxxxxxxxx

    wonder world tour 2009

  37. I appreciate what she's trying to do. I think it could have been done better. Will be VERY interesting to see what she does next. But don't let any review change you from being a 'Miley Crazed Fan' :)

  38. Skyler says:

    okay, what I am saying is I totally agree with you. not the girl who said it was not worth 60. my friend and her sister loved it, because they told me. and if enyone wants to see Hannah Montana instead of Miley Cyrus than go ahead , when she comes back. I wasn't at the concert but I heard that it was amazing and evreyone that was at the wonder world tour concert would LOVE to go to another Miley Cyrus. and my friend even liked her better than Hannah Montana. and guy's if you were at her concert and you didn't like it and you wanted to see Hannah Montana than there's alway's another time.

  39. harprocks says:

    I went on the 23rd of december she is simply the best i love you miley!!!!!!!!!

  40. sierra says:

    i wint to the concert it was the best and funnest thing on earth it was also becase i was a v.i.p

  41. I can't see why the critics don't like miley's latest song – I think it is fantastic.

  42. katie says:

    I went to see miley in brum I thought she was gr8 however I did think that some of the younger fans might have been a little dissapointed she did nt seem like I thought shed seem

    I LOVE MILEY! But I think see was a little grown up ……… :)

  43. Rosey says:

    @katie
    well, she is 17 now, maybe she should be growing up. LET GO OF HANNAH MONTANA

  44. What is the problem with Miley Cyrus latest sexy image? I think she is really hot!

  45. Kirsten says:

    It was AMAZING. It was the first consert I have ever gone to or remember because I did go to a Bruse Springstean consert When I was a Baby. Anyways I loved it!

    p.s.I'm not sure if I spelled Bruse's last name correct.

  46. HANNAHEDWARDS78@HOBMAIL.CO.UK says:

    I AGREE THE SHOW WAS NOT A HANNAH MONTANNA CONCERT IT WAS A MILEY CYRUS CONCERT!! IM WHAT YOU CALL A NUMBER 1 MILEY FAN AND I SAW HER IN LONDON DECEMBER THE 13TH IT WAS AMAZING I LOVE FLY ON THE WALL!!!!!

  47. miley no.1 fan says:

    i luv miley and she is such a gr8 rolemodel and i think she should be whatever she wants to be and her concert was amazing and i went on the 19th of december 09 i wish i could go again. :)

  48. Rob Jackson says:

    I love Miley Cyrus and his awesome voice!! Oh just rembering 10/15/09 Best Concert Ever Miley, Gotta Love Her.

  49. harprocks says:

    @harprocks
    MILEY ROCKS Its me again!!! I think you rock and I would love to see you again plz do another concert this time in Derby Hall!!! Or Wolverhamton or somewhere close maybe Birmingham again!!! Love loads, harprocks XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  50. Dania says:

    I love Miley Cyrus, alright! And to the dude who wrote this article: you have no idea what your talking about! Miley Cyrus is an amazingly talented singer who works her butt off to pull off this tour! It was the BEST TOUR EVER!

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