Miley Cyrus promises 'Bangerz' and bling on upcoming tour

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USA TODAY - Grab your teddy bears and hide those foam fingers: Miley's hitting the road with her Bangerz tour in February, promising plenty of eye-popping spectacle with a playful wink and nudge at her headline-grabbing antics.

"The whole thing has a good energy about it," Cyrus told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. "I don't have a hard time making fun of myself, so the whole thing is kind of making (fun of) the way people perceive me, doing that even more, and kind of making a character of myself. It's been really fun just to do that."

Describing it as a "carefree" and "interactive" show "built around me and my ADD," the 21-year-old twerking queen is keen not to give away too much before the 38-city North American tour launches at Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Valentine's Day. What she will promise, though, are towering screens filled with colorful illustrations and 3-D graphics, original outfits by Marc Jacobs and other designers, and even a cameo from her dog, Floyd (an Alaskan Klee Kai).

She's also planning to give away tons of free bling to her fans that "most (artists) would want to sell at their merch stand."

"I'm a little bit of a hoarder, so I hope my fans will become hoarders also," Cyrus says. "When you go to a concert, even when confetti comes down from the sky, all the kids always want to keep the confetti. I want to give them real things ... that they'll want to take home and collect."

But the real goodies lie in Cyrus' 90-minute set list, which will primarily consist of tracks off her chart-topping Bangerz album, with a few songs pulled from her 2010 album Can't Be Tamed and a splash of her biggest hits. She'll also incorporate a slew of acoustic covers and stripped-down renditions of her songs that can go on "as long as the fans are feeling it," in an effort to remind audiences that she puts music first and foremost.

"I know sometimes people like to make me seem like I'm one thing, that all I know how to do is come out and shock people, and that's my only purpose in this industry, but that isn't what it is," Cyrus says. "I want people to walk away like, 'OK, she did some things that were crazy, but at the end of the day, it was really about her voice.' "

Joining Cyrus for the tuneful ride is Swedish duo Icona Pop (of I Love It fame) and longtime friend Sky Ferreira, a rising pop star herself. "People don't like to believe that I'm a feminist, but I think I am, so I like to keep women working in the entertainment industry," she says.

"It's hard for a lot of girls that are in their 20s to be friends with other girls and there's a lot of competition, but when I was with (Sky), it never felt that way because I was a big fan of her and she was a big fan of me," Cyrus says. "When girls can be like that, I always appreciate it because I'm not really catty like that. I'm very comfortable with myself, so I try to surround myself with girls that are really comfortable, (too)."

Cyrus intends to keep things feminine on her tour bus as well, with plans to deck out the entire vehicle like a giant "Barbie dollhouse."

"I have a feeling it's going to make every dude want to puke," Cyrus says. "It's going to be super pinked-out."

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