Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Singer Miley Cyrus, seen here at Nickelodeon's 2008 Kid's Choice Awards, will perform at the Stadium of Fire concert on the Fourth of July.

OREM — To Miley Cyrus, there's nothing quite like rocking out on stage with her father, country music star Billy Ray Cyrus.

"'Ready, Set, Don't Go' is a blast for me and my dad to get to perform together," Miley Cyrus said. "We always have a great time.

"I think just my favorite thing about being able to work with my dad — it's been a blast — but it really keeps our family together," Cyrus said. "Because if he was in L.A. or I was in L.A., or we were mixed up, it just wouldn't be the same. So, I think it's awesome that we can keep our family together."

Speaking to reporters during a telephone conference call, the 15-year-old Cyrus chatted about coming to Utah in the past and how excited she is to return this Friday for America's Freedom Festival's Stadium of Fire concert.

"I have been to Utah a couple of times," Cyrus said. "I went on my tour, and my friends are shooting some movies up there. And so I've been up there a couple of times. I'm totally excited. Anytime I can do a show and I have places I have been before, they are always wonderful memories."

Saying that she couldn't think of a better way to spend the Fourth of July, Cyrus said performing at Stadium of Fire is like having her own personal fireworks show. And while she's really excited to perform in front of so many excited fans, she may have to overcome a fear or two.

"I actually am really, really scared of fireworks so I would always sit in the car," Cyrus said about Independence Day celebrations when she was younger. "Fireworks scare me so badly — like on my concert tour. Anytime pyro goes off, I'm like crossing my fingers. I really don't like it. But I actually loved going to the fireworks show in downtown Franklin (Tenn.). I would always sit in the car and watch so I wouldn't have to hear the loud sounds."

The show will give fans a chance to hear songs from her next album, "Breakout," due to be released in a few weeks.

"This will be my first show with all of my new songs and just my Miley stuff," she said. "Hopefully, they just enjoy how it's super personal — so I hope they like that because my last record was more of just me being me."

When asked about the transition from a child star to a career performer, Cyrus mostly reflected on her evolution as an artist.

"The way I perform is what I like my music to reflect," she said. "I think when I'm out there and they see me rocking out with head banging and running around and playing my guitar, I think that totally reflects who I am, and I guess it doesn't show as much of my growing up as it shows more of me getting better and growing as an artist more than just growing up."

Cyrus, who was on set for the call, took about 30 minutes to get on the phone with reporters. When she finally did get on the line, she apologized for the delay.

"Clumsy old me," Cyrus said, "I was getting into my trailer and I fell up the stairs and sprained my ankle. So that was just me being totally silly."

Tickets to the 58,000-seat show at LaVell Edwards Stadium sold out in a matter of minutes back in April, leaving many Cyrus-hungry fans out of luck for Friday's big production. After struggling at first to come up with a headline act for Stadium of Fire, organizers were pleased with landing a star as popular as Cyrus for the show.

Cyrus is best known for her hit Disney Channel show "Hannah Montana," in which she plays both Miley Stewart and her alter-ego music superstar Hannah Montana. Cyrus' real-life father, Billy Ray Cyrus, plays her dad on the show. The duo, originally from Nashville, Tenn., have teamed up to perform together and hosted the 2008 CMT Music Awards in April.

Between October 2007 and January 2008, Cyrus headlined in her North America "Best of Both Worlds" tour. In 2006 Walt Disney Records released her first soundtrack titled, "Hannah Montana." The popular album was followed up with a double album in 2007 titled "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus." On that album, Cyrus wrote eight of the 10 songs.

In addition to Cyrus, Stadium of Fire will feature the popular Blue Man Group of Las Vegas fame. The group, known for its unique multimedia theatrics show, performs worldwide from New York to Berlin to Tokyo. Glenn Beck of CNN's Headline News, who spoke Sunday at the festival's Patriotic Service, will emcee the event.

Beck hosts his own radio and television political talk shows. For the sixth consecutive year, Stadium of Fire will be telecast live to American troops stationed around the world.


E-mail: [email protected]