HOLLYWOOD — The Highland Avenue block of Hollywood Boulevard is surrounded on both sides by tattoo parlors and stores selling steamy lingerie. But on Thursday evening, it suddenly became the place to be for every Los Angeles teen, pre-teen and little girl at heart for the premiere of "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" at Disney's El Capitan Theater.
"It's great being here," Miley's father, Billy Ray Cyrus, beamed to MTV News while standing next to his daughter. "It's about the music, the fans, the passion for Hannah Montana and, you know, the passion for Miley."
That passion was evident to anyone within earshot. The all-screaming, all-jumping chorus of fans stretched hundreds of feet beyond the red carpet, their combined squeals reaching a volume comparable to a jet plane. So loud was the ovation when Miley began her walk down the carpet that local residents unaware of what the celebration was for might have been forgiven had they thought the Beatles were back in town.
"Yeah, but I don't think they've ever had their own premiere," screamed Cyrus (who apparently needs to rent a copy of "A Hard Day's Night").
The movie, a 3-D concert film compiled during two Hannah Montana concerts in Salt Lake City, takes great pains to show the two sides of the 15-year-old pop sensation: the precocious rockabilly of Hannah against the more delicate and soulful Cyrus. But there was no delineation for the real-life Cyrus as she strolled down the carpet, surrounded by a slew of celebrity fans, including Vanessa Williams, Ashley Tisdale and the Jonas Brothers. A wide smile across her face, the teenage Cyrus couldn't help but act like, well, a teen.
"I mean, it's awesome!" she enthused. "To have all the celebrities here — they're all here for you! I'm so excited."
It's because "you're awesome," Miley, celebrity fans said as they walked down the carpet.
"She's such an amazing singer and dancer and actor, but she's also so sweet and down to earth," fellow Disney Channel star Madison Pettis said. "She's an amazing friend."
"She's fearless and confident," "Bratz" actress Chelsea Staub exclaimed.
"Well, I know from Miley — she loves what she's doing, she loves making music, she loves acting," a smiling Billy Ray said, pausing to look once more at his daughter and then the crowd of fans behind her. "And it's very evident."
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