Identity crisis shocks fans
GONE are the days of Miley Cyrus being Disney’s darling Hannah Montana.
Instead, the teen pop sensation has shocked packed audiences in Queensland with her raunchy, leather-clad performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Tuesday night.
Capella mother Jill Francis likened the performance to someone doing their first dance, straight out of stripper school.
“I know she (Cyrus) is trying to break away from the Hannah Montana image but she needs to realise the girls that grew up watching her on the show are following her now,” Jill said.
“It’s a big jump to go from being Hannah Montana to being on the verge of becoming a stripper.”
Jill said she was shocked when the starlet – appearing without her famous father Billy Ray Cyrus, who usually plays in her band – first entered the stage.
But it was when Cyrus started singing Nirvana’s famous Smells Like Teen Spirit anthem and doing Stevie Nicks numbers that Jill really thought the 18-year-old was out of touch with her current following.
“For this to be her first Australian concert and for her to come out dressed like that, then sing more of other people’s songs than her own, it was disappointing,” she said.
“$101 is an expensive cover band. When you go to a concert, you go to see the singer for their music, not others.”
But the concert wasn’t a complete failure, despite a number of parents leaving during the performance – Jill said Cyrus’ vocal talents were perhaps her most redeeming feature.
“She definitely wasn’t lip-syncing,” she said. “It was actually a good vocal performance and she’d stop during some songs and talk to the audience, so we knew it was actually her singing.”