Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz Tour’ Creative Director Diane Martel Discusses Upcoming NBC Special, Confirms “4X4” Video Being Shot This Summer

Bradley Stern | July 3, 2014 7:56 am

Got plans this 4th of July weekend? Cancel ’em now, because Miley Cyrus is coming to town — and she’s bringing her Bangerz Tour (and, presumably, an arsenal of giant inflatable penises, horse heads and silly teeth) with her.

Ahead of her Bangerz Tour special airing on NBC on Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m. EST, the tour’s creative director Diane Martel, who also directed the music video for “We Can’t Stop,” spoke to Billboard about what to expect on the upcoming special, which promises to give us a glimpse of Miss Miley both on and off the stage.

“We see Miley as she is in her private life; very sweet, tender, loving and playful. Miley speaks about her personal growth to date during this tour. We get a sense of the smart and thoughtful artist she is…it’s very low-key and intimate,” Martel revealed to Billboard. “I’ve never seen anything like this. One editor on the show said she was a mixture of Johnny Rotten and Elvis. She literally will make anything handed to her onstage a seamless part of the number.” High praise! Keep reading more from the interview after the jump.

Of course, the magic and mayhem of the actual stage show from the Bangerz Tour will also be brought to life during the special: “She’s got a thrilling command of her stage and the room; this is something I was excited by in the edit. To see her eyes close up, to see her lithe body and huge voice making this collection of people respond in tandem, that’s the important thing to translate from stage to the small screen,” she says.

Martel even provided a few tantalizing teasers for Smilers: For one, she confirmed that she’ll be directing a video for Miley’s rowdy, rollicking “4X4.” (We’re kind of terrified to see what she’s going to do with that whole “’bout to piss on myself” line…) Plus, the director says that we should stay tuned until the very end of the special: “One of the most fun parts of the show is what you will see under the credits.” We’ll be watching!

Check out the full article at Billboard, and let us know if you’re excited to tune in for Sunday’s special below.

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