Miley Cyrus gained my full-hearted attention back in 2013 after the release of her stunningly fierce Bangerz LP and after attending the Pittsburgh stop of her 78-show Bangerz world tour I was hooked! Two years and a few provocative photoshoots later, Miley is back on a much smaller tour. This time in celebration of her free Flaming Lips collab album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, and the NSFW show is a must see spectacle for anybody doubting Miley’s vision!
On Saturday night, a crowd of wild 20 somethings packed like sardines into a venue two sizes too small to witness one of eight “Milky Milky Milk Tour” dates and after the two hour long Dead Petz extravaganza, it’s needless to say Hannah Montanna has died and gone to heaven at this point. The show brought the majority of the 23-song Dead Petz track list to life complete with stripping babies, disco balls, rainbows, and even “Fuck Yeah NYC” vinyl balloons bouncing around the crowd!
After a unique opening performance from Dan Deacon, Miley opened her set with a short “Party In The U.S.A.” rift that led into the pot loving NOT-A-HIPPIE anthem, “Dooo it!” dressed in a fitting ‘DO IT’ ensemble. The opening performance brought New York’s Terminal 5 to an energy that would last until the last piece of confetti fell from the psychedelic Cyrus Skies.
Some of the night’s highlights came from the Flaming Lips backed performances of fan favorites like “BB Talk,” “Fweaky,” and “Pablow The Blowfish,” but even the zen filled “Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz” proved to be an exciting addition to the delightfully weird night. In “BB Talk” Miley and her dancers wore inflated baby costumes each with customized bibs. The crowd happily finished the star’s sentences as she spoke through the confessional verses of the Dead Petz track.
Before stripping out of the baby clothes and into sparkling pasties during “Fweaky,” Miley joked with the audience saying “I hope this is your first time seeing a baby strip!” The transition from goofy to sexy was a visual that can perfectly represent the album she was here to perform. After the on-stage wardrobe change, Miley went into one of the album’s more explicit track’s “Bang My Box,” and gave new life to the already lively audience at the same time.
The on-stage chemistry between Miley and the Lips’ Wayne Coyne was a true testament to their artistic bondage. Coyne was never late to applaud his co-star as she danced around the stage in some of the most peculiar outfits she’s worn to date. Changing from a sun costume to a light-up moon costume and eventually to an actual slab of butter costume (in reference to her song “Slab of Butter,”) the night’s fashion was as exciting as the set list. With so many laughable wardrobe choices, the re-imagined Disney star had to include some explicit outfits in the mix! For her three song encore, Miley became a self-titled “porn-i-corn,” with prosthetic male and female body parts and a vibrant blue horned wig.
For “Tiger Dreams,” a giant mirror disco ball fell onto center stage reflecting beams of light to surround the singer, who was now dressed in a bedazzled space suit. The whole visual was breathtaking and had every phone in the audience up and ready to snap an equally breathtaking Instagram post. Actually, any given moment of the Milky Milky Milk tour had the crowd hoping to capture its artistry on camera! Though, nothing could compare to the live visuals Miley brought to New York City.
As the night started to wind down, Miley sat at her piano to perform “Pablow The Blowfish” after giving a speech on animal rights. The piano ballad was cut short due to the time restraints held by the venue unfortunately, but it was a sweet conclusion to the New York City show. “Twinkle Song” would usually follow the ode to the late blowfish, but was cut due to time restraints as well. The lights dimmed before the Flaming Lips and Miley returned to perform “Karen Don’t Be Sad,” “Evil Is But A Shadow,” And her recent hit “We Can’t Stop” in the encore that everybody saw coming!
No doubt, Miley Cyrus is doing what she wants and doesn’t care what anybody has to say. When I reviewed Dead Petz back in August, I knew it had heart but couldn’t see structure. A few months later, I have been enlightened to the true visuals of the album and Miley built any structure I was looking for in the form of the Milky Milky Milk tour! With only four shows left, I am excited for anybody who is in line to experience the beautifully colorful acid trip that is Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz live.
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