In a perfect world I'd go see Miley

SIMON SWEETMAN
Last updated 13:05 21/08/2014

So, Miley Cyrus is coming to New Zealand, one show - The Bangerz Tour. I'm not joking when I say that I would go to that. Of course I get to say that now knowing that the reality is I won't be going - I'm not prepared to travel up to it and I'm not expecting any free hand-out here either. I'm not desperate to see it - but I bet a lot of people are talking down this show when they wouldn't plan to go to this sort of thing anyway. That's redundant.Miley

The twerking stories from last year didn't really do it for me - and though she'll no doubt arrive in New Zealand with the offcuts from Gene Simmons' tongue and that annoying, over-excited speaking voice and a fake smugness and pretend don't-give-a-s**t attitude - and probably some giant dancing teddy-bear backpacks of course, I still think the show will be spectacular. And sometimes it's good to get along to one of those giant spectacle live gigs.

I saw Lady Gaga and that was about four years ago now and I haven't been moved to listen to any of her music since, including not even bothering with her latest album - but that show was incredible. Surreal even, that I went to that the night after seeing the Pixies and enjoyed Gaga a lot more; not something I could have predicted ahead of time.

Life's different now and I don't get to go gallivanting about to shows - I simply can't afford it - so perhaps this is all meaningless to even say but I reckon a Miley Cyrus show would be pretty amazing. She can sing. There's no denying that - I watched her Unplugged show recently (here's clips of her singing Dolly Parton's Jolene and a, erm, "stripped back" version of Wrecking Ball). She can definitely sing. And take away that ghastly video - and the parodies and all the hand-wringing column inches around it - and it's a pretty great pop song.

Sometimes it's worth surrendering to "The Big Show" - and I reckon Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour would be a real treat.

Anyone else agree?

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour plays Auckland's Vector Arena, Wednesday, October 8 - tickets are on sale from next Thursday, August 28.Speaking of Bangerz - well, not really - I've had the call up at the last minute to play some

5 O'Clock World!records tomorrow night from 5-8pm at the San Fran, it's their after-work special, 5 O'Clock Shakedown. Drinks discounts and I'm going to be digging through radio's graveyard to serve up some of my favourite songs that might be considered cheesy or nostalgic, that might fall into the Yacht Rock category (though I hate that term, it suggests that only ironic appreciation is welcome and I'm into these tunes with utmost sincerity). I'll be going back to the 1950s and 60s too, not just 70s and 80s...

So if you're in Wellington and fancy an after-work drink with a side order of cheese from the stereo come on down.

I'm also playing some records on Saturday as part of the Southern Cross' vinyl fair - but I've mentioned that here already.

Postscript: A short blog today, my time was taken up with reading and reviewing Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics. I'm no political pundit, nor trying to be. And I'm only ever a part-time book reviewer but I've left a link to my review here in case anyone is interested. We've heard plenty this last week and a half from people who haven't read the book. And that seems very strange. I think it's a must-read.

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