Tween sensation Miley Cyrus is growing up fast, as she showed her Adelaide fans at the Entertainment Centre last night.
The 18-year-old was a commanding rock star with undeniable stage presence.
Relying on nothing more than her voice and a powerful band, this was no fairy-tale pantomime.
Cyrus threw out the hits as fast as the young female audience could handle them. Party in the USA came on early with shrieking screams from the sell-out crowd before the former Disney starlet hit memory lane, referencing some of the female music icons who have influenced her.
A Joan Jett medley of I Love Rock and Roll, Cherry Bomb and Bad Reputation had mums and dads singing along while Robot and the rocking Kicking and Screaming sent glow sticks up in the air.
More covers ensued including Poison’s Every Rose Has Its Thorn which softened things up alongside Forgiveness and Love, where Cyrus channelled Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.
Then it was on to the much-talked about version of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
But for all the negative publicity from grunge purists here’s a point to consider – if 100 kids head out and purchase a Nirvana album it’s most certainly a good thing.
Midway through the concert, some parents were visibly upset with children as young as six being asked to stop standing on their chairs to get a better view – but the show went on and the giant screens became the next best thing for the smaller fans.
Last night’s concert showed the fans and their parents that this may be a phase for some but not the singer herself.
Cyrus delivered a highly polished live performance – a rarity for most musicians, especially one her age.