10 Observations about Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour

Posted by The G on April 8, 2014 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Words and photos by G.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

After seeing Lady Gaga perform at Roseland Ballroom on April 4, 2014, I thought I’d seen the biggest spectacle possible that weekend, but I was dead wrong.  Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz (sic) tour came to Barclays Center in the dreaded Brooklyn on April 5, 2014 and full disclosure:  I expected to despise the show.  From what little I’d heard Of Miley’s music up to walking into the venue, I was not impressed with it (despite giving credit where credit is due – she can actually sing).  I will say, that I left the venue not thinking very much more of her music (again, giving her full credit for singing live unlike so many other pop stars), but as far as the performance, it was probably one of the best shows of the year (and if this is your first time seeing the site, know that I see several hundred bands a year, so this speaks volumes).   As you read my observations about the Bangerz Tour, please note that I’m going to have to get up on my soap box a few times.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

1. Miley Cyrus doesn’t give a FUCK!  I think it’s commendable that she started off as a squeaky clean child star and not only did a 180 degree turn, but she basically has poured gasoline all over her old self and has lit the match.  Soap Box Alert:  While oldsters like myself were able to look at the show from an objective point of view, having a blast people watching and also observing the spectacle of the show itself, it made me seriously fear for the future of the planet.  The audience featured tons of girls (without their parents) who looked like they were seriously underage and who were all dressed like whores (low cut everything and leaving very little to the imagination).  I am not a prude.  If you want to dress like a whore or a nun, more power to you!  What is concerning is that I am smart and old enough to know the difference between self expression and self degradation.  I am not sure the majority of the concert goers are that fortunate.  As evidenced by the excessive selfie-taking instead of being present in the moment, if the audience by and large walked away from this concert feeling empowered in ANY way, the world is in serious trouble!

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

2. Before the show started, the music over the loud system had generous helpings of profanity-laden songs using the “N-Word” and explicit lyrics such as “suck my dick” and “motherfucker” and these songs were audience sing-a-longs.  So I am confused – as a white person, if I use the “N-Word,” I am going to hell, yet it’s perfectly ok to use it in a pop song and is appropriate to encourage young kids to sing it?!  If people are going to still use the word, the stigma that comes along with it either needs to go away across the board or stop jumping down people’s throats when you are not treated equally.   Playing this kind of music before the show started sets such a bad example to her young and impressionable audience.  I would have preferred “common sense lessons” being blasted over the loud speakers with phrases such as “IF YOU ARE GOING TO TEXT INCESSANTLY, YOU ARE NOT LIVING IN THE MOMENT” or “YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PERSON ON THE PLANET SO PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS” or “THERE IS SO MUCH AMAZING ART OUT THERE ON THIS PLANET, EXPLORE IT AND QUIT WASTING YOUR TIME WITH THIS CRAP.”

Miley Cyrus Merch

Miley Cyrus Merch

3. The merch featured an inflatable banana (!!!!) that said “Miley Cyrus Bangerz,” low cut panties with a tongue sticking out over the crotch and a poster of Miley where she is pretty much showing her pussy, which appears to be clean shaven and makes her look even younger than her 21 years, according to the picture.  Hey, if she can show it, I can talk about it.  I am 100% guilt free.  I hate sounding like a prude, because I am one of the most liberal people out there, but showing that much skin when her body looks way younger than her 21 years is VERY CREEPY and encourages a lot of bad behavior from the young and old.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

4. The visuals Miley used were so good!  From the opening of the show, the visual presentation was damn near perfect.  A giant version of her face started the show on a screen and as she did one of her signature looks of sticking her tongue out, a giant tongue appeared from the screen which turned into a slide and then she slid down it and the show began!  Later on, there was every permutation of trippy visuals that would have not been out of place at a Flaming Lips or Grateful Dead show!  But of course, during a costume change, there was a several minute montage of Miley wearing next to nothing and in bondage gear (see below for a tame picture).  Again, very artful pictures and for someone like me, I think the pictures were very sexy, but I’m a gay guy who can appreciate fierceness.  To so many young kids in the audience who just want to emulate their idol, can you imagine how many extra nudie kid pix are going to be out there because of this?

Miley Cyrus - screen projection

Miley Cyrus – screen projection

5. Miley Cyrus’ dog died earlier in the week, and she was understandably and visibly distraught.  She paid tribute to her dog no less than 5 times, including a gigantic inflatable dog (see below for a glimpse of how large the dog was), which of course she dry humped.

Miley Cyrus paying tribute to her deceased dog Floyd but humping his leg.

Miley Cyrus paying tribute to her deceased dog Floyd but humping his leg.

6. Miley Cyrus delivers a stadium-worthy performance, unquestionably.  She interacts with the audience, gets them all riled up and has them eating out of the palm of her hand.  So many bands have forgotten what you are supposed to do when you perform in a stadium.  Bands like Arctic Monkeys who stand in front of a thin row of lights that are placed over the letters AM, clearly don’t need to have dancing midgets, but come on bands, give us a show!  And Miley’s show featured insanely cool visual projections, midget dancers, dancers dressed up as fluorescent teddy bears, movable parts on the stage (including a car and a bed), and of course my favorite part of the show – a flying hot dog (see picture later)!  The costumes were over the top and speaking of costumes, it’s a wonder why Miley even bothered getting dressed at all because she was practically naked and shaking her ass (which was visible) for the duration of the 2 hour show (except for one outfit, though that was sheer).  Again, as a 21 year old, her body is in great shape (I personally think she looks like a 15 year old girl, which is what makes her nudity so creepy to me), so I say get naked, live long and prosper.  But again (soap box alert), do the people in her audience know the difference of when it’s appropriate to express yourself and when you are inviting lots of perverts to stare at your way young looking body by exploiting yourself?  Miley has a team of people working with her (and exploiting her with her consent for assloads of money that she is surely raking in during this sold out tour), but do your children have someone to turn to when they set themselves up for the inevitable exploitation and the emotional scarring that is almost certain to come from emulating Miley?  And if not, you just have to think about all the negativity that puts out into the world whether that comes in the form of kids growing up with trust issues or negative body issues, etc.   It’s scary and completely avoidable.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

7.  Miley encouraged the crowd to express themselves too.  She encouraged pot smoking, same sex kissing and even had a song where she told the crowd to get naked and the more naked they got, the better chance they had of appearing on the big screen projecting out to the crowd.   I am all for pot smoking, nudity and same sex kissing, so it’s hard not to sound like a curmudgeon, but it only seems like Miley is trying to be controversial by being so extreme.  I recently saw footage of old interviews with her where she pretty much denounced homosexuality and drug taking due to her religious upbringing, so I feel like she is not only full of shit in her new found independence, but she is setting such a bad example purposely when she knows there are tons of young people looking up to her when she’s not going to be there for them when they develop complexes about all the things she encouraged them to do.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

8. She covered Bob Dylan (“You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”), Lana Del Rey (“Summertime Sadness”),  Coldplay (“The Scientist”) and Dolly Parton (“Jolene”).  Amazing to me that she can dabble in music this diverse when her own songs sound completely generic, overproduced and unoriginal.  And the sad thing is, because her audience is so young and inexperienced, they don’t know that there is a world of amazing music out there because they are being force fed this auto-tuned crapola.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

9. Each number seemed to get more ridiculous than the one before it, and though it was visually amusing, it seemed like a desperate cry for attention.  In the two hour show, we saw Miley dancing with midgets, spreading her legs on top of a gold car, humping the leg of a blow up dog, Miley touching herself on a bed surrounded by all of her dancers, leotards creeping so far up her ass they were practically wiping her pancreas (to quote Andrew Dice Clay), twerking, inflatable animals, fluorescent life sized teddy bears, insanely trippy visual projections, people in the audience throwing masks on stage and Miley putting them on and singing with them on and last but not least, my favorite part of this show…

Miley Cyrus Rides A Flying Hot Dog!!!

Miley Cyrus Rides A Flying Hot Dog!!!

10. She rode a flying hot dog!!!!!    EPIC!!!!

Miley!

Miley!

Again, parents please talk to your kids and tell them what is up.  Please teach them common sense.  I’m not saying “right and wrong.”  Those are a matter of opinion.  Common sense is being cognoscente of the fact that YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PERSON ON THE PLANET, SO PAY ATTENTION AND BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS! Please tell them when it’s appropriate to express yourself and when it makes you look like a fucking slut.  And foremost, please culture them in art and entertainment so this horrible music will die once and for all.

Twerk it!

Twerk it!

The setlist (spelling errors in tact) was:

SMS (Bangerz) / 4×4 / Love Money Party / My Darlin’ / Maybe You’re Right / FU / Do My Thang / #GETITRIGHT / Can’t Be Tamed / Adore You / Drive / Rooting For My Baby / You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Bob Dylan Cover) / Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey Cover) / The Scientist (Coldplay Cover) / Jolene (Dolly Parton Cover) / 23 / On My Own / Someone Else.

Encore: We Can’t Stop / Wrecking Ball

Encore 2: Party in the USA

G Rides A Flying Hot Dog!

G Rides A Flying Hot Dog!

For the record: Will I put any Miley Cyrus music on my ipod? Doubtful.    Will I go see her in concert again?  Absofuckinglutely.

Photos: Lady Gaga’s New York ArtPop Pop-Up Exhibition

Posted by The G on November 13, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Lady Gaga Art Pop

Lady Gaga Art Pop

New York Little Monsters!  You have mere hours to see a pop-up exhibit of all things ArtPop.  Lady Gaga’s new album “ArtPop” dropped this week and to celebrate, she opened a 3 day only exhibit of Gaga ephemera in both New York and Los Angeles.

"Do What You Want" art work

“Do What U Want” art work

Hanging from the walls are gigantic canvases of the artwork that will feature on upcoming singles.

Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons

Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons

Photos of her working with the CD cover artist Jeff Koons also feature throughout the exhibit.

Lady Gaga - Costumes

Lady Gaga – Costumes

Many of her costumes are also on display.

Dope cover art

“Dope” cover art

The horrifying cover art of “Dope” where Gaga has a creepy looking grill in her mouth can also be seen.

I need you more than dope

I need you more than dope

Lyrics from “PopArt” are all over the walls of the pop-up space.

Binary Chair

Binary Chair

Gaga’s “Binary Chair” that was featured in photo shoots is also on exhibit.

Gypsy artwork

“Gypsy” artwork

Lots of nudity features in the artwork for the singles on this album.  Above is Stephen Klein’s photo for “Gypsy.”

Gazing balls!

Gazing balls!

If you are fascinated by Jeff Koons’ “Gazing Ball,” you can see photos from his 2013 exhibit of the same name here (link will open in a new window).

The Meat Dress!

The Meat Dress!

The infamous meat dress is on display (though it looks a little bit like beef jerky now).

One Second I'm A Koons Then Suddenly The Koons Is Me

One Second I’m A Koons Then Suddenly The Koons Is Me

This is possibly the best lyric Gaga has ever had, according2g.

The Merch!

The Merch!

Last, but certainly not least – there is merch for sale!  Go ga ga for Gaga at The Lady Gaga ARTPOP Pop Up Store. The exhibit runs from Monday November 11 – Wednesday November 13, from Noon to 9:00 PM Daily! Find it at 417 West 14th Street just West of Ninth Avenue (Near the Apple Store).  The Los Angeles exhibit is located at 1538 North Cahuenga Blvd.  You can see more NY photos at Worley Gig.  Rah rah, oh ma ma!

Hola!

Posted by The G on October 16, 2011 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

Hola

Hola

Holla!  Wish I would have seen this at #OccupyLA (OLA).

 

Kim Kardashian’s Fat Ass Is Fashion Week

Posted by The G on September 12, 2011 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by NOBODY.

Kim Kardashian's Fat Ass Is Fashion Week - Banksy

Kim Kardashian's Fat Ass Is Fashion Week - Banksy

Nobody Knows Banksy’s role in this statement:  Kim Kardashian’s Fat Ass Is Fashion Week.

Kim Kardashian's Ass Is Fashion Week

Kim Kardashian's Ass Is Fashion Week

More Pix From the 2011 Mermaid Day Parade

Posted by The G on June 19, 2011 under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Mermaid Day Parade 2011

The 2011 Mermaid Day Parade

In case you missed the first set of pictures from the 2011 Mermaid Day Parade, click here!

Aladdin Sane. A lad insane?

You can see pictures from last year at this link.

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