Monday, December 31, 2007

Best of Both Worlds Tour

Best of Both Worlds Tour

The Best of Both Worlds Tour is a 2007-2008 North American concert tour featuring singer, songwriter and actress Miley Cyrus of the hit Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, performing both as a solo artist and in character as Hannah Montana. The tour is named after the theme song for the series, "The Best of Both Worlds", which reflects the dual nature of the series' character. The tour has become the most in-demand concert tickets of 2007. The concert tour was choreographed, created and directed by Kenny Ortega, the director and choreographer of High School Musical, High School Musical 2, and "The Cheetah Girls 2".

The tour follows the June 2007 release of Cyrus's double album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus. The tour began on October 18, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri and was initially scheduled to end on January 9, 2008 in Albany, New York.

The Jonas Brothers are the opening act for the tour. One dollar of each ticket from the tour will go to benefit the City of Hope Foundation, which helps in fighting against cancer. In December, it was announced that an additional 14 concerts had been added to the tour, beginning in Detroit on January 11 and ending in Miami on January 31. The Jonas Brothers will be replaced by Aly & AJ as the opening act from January 11 to January 24.

Tickets Controversy

Tickets for the Best Of Both Worlds Tour have been selling out for every show,with many shows selling out in just five minutes or less. Many tickets for the shows can then be found almost immediately after purchase on eBay, StubHub, or other secondary markets selling for well over the face value of the tickets. The Arkansas Attorney General's office said, “All hell broke loose with Hannah Montana. The tickets were gone in 12 minutes and when people turned around, they were selling at online sites for sometimes as much as 10 times the face value.”They promised an investigation, as did authorities in Missouri. Some of the tickets were selling for over one thousand dollars.

The shortage of tickets for the Cyrus/Montana tour became so pronounced that it gained national attention, with The New York Times using it and the concurrent Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Magic Tour as examples of how the general public is losing out on ticket sales and how some ticket brokers have cracked Ticketmaster's defenses to gain a stranglehold on tickets. The Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle all profiled several families unable to get tickets and balancing the cost of the secondary market against their child's disappointment. For their part, a Ticketmaster official said, "Hell hath no fury like the parent of a child throwing a tantrum. People who have been in this business for a long time are watching what's happening, and they say there hasn't been a demand of this level or intensity since the Beatles or Elvis.

"A vice president for tour promoter AEG Live said that, "The tickets are priced and sold as fairly as possible. I can assure you this is no conspiracy. We do everything in our power to stop brokers from getting tickets, but it's impossible.

On November 13, 2007, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of frustrated fan club members unable to get tickets, against MileyWorld (the Miley Cyrus fan club) and its agents. In late November, MileyWorld had a special offer to give MileyWorld members a chance to buy tickets. For the Lexington, Kentucky show, Ticketmaster stated they would sell "will-call" tickets on the date of the concert; such date-of-show "ticket drops" have been a common anti-scalping practice for years on Bruce Springsteen tours. When tickets for the added January itinerary shows went on sale on December 15, patterns repeated; only a few lottery-style winnings at Ticketmaster outlets were able to purchase tickets, while Ticketmaster phone banks were tied up across multiple states and did not provide many buying chances either.

The Ultimate Miley Party

MileyWorld members can join "The Ultimate Miley Party" at the MileyWorld bus two hours before the concert at each venue. Members must bring their membership cards, but members have access to raffles that include winning a signed guitar, getting clothes that Miley wore, getting a tour of the tour bus, and getting 'Meet & Greet' passes. Many of the raffle prizes, however, are posters and temporary tattoos. Or, If you are on the 30 day free card, from Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus CDs, you'll soon get an e-mail from MileyWorld that you can take a print-out instead of an official Membership Card.

Hannah Montana

Denvor Concert

Life's What You Make It
Just Like You
Old Blue Jeans
Nobody's Perfect
Pumpin' Up the Party
I Got Nerve
We Got the Party with the Jonas Brothers

Miley Cyrus

Denver Concert

Meet Miley Cyrus Intro by Candice & Kay (the backup singers)
Start All Over
Good and Broken
See You Again
Let's Dance
Right Here
Hey Miley, You're So Fine Chant by Candice & Kay (the backup singers)
East Northumberland High"
G.N.O. (Girl's Night Out)

The Best of Both Worlds
with Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus Encore

I Miss You, in dedication to her grandfather, who passed away, OR
Ready, Set, Don't Go" with Billy Ray Cyrus and Brandi Cyrus on guitar, if they are present.