What a year 2016 has been!
Posted by Admin on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Well 2016 is almost over – what a year hey?! For me personally it has been one of the greatest years of my life with the preparation and arrival of Heather and my little angel Violette – what a true blessing she has been.
Human Nature has had an enormous year too with the new show Jukebox launching in Las Vegas and then our first #1 in 10 years with “Gimme Some Lovin’ – Jukebox Vol. II” back home in Australia in July – all amazing stuff.
Christmas was a real highlight, and gave us a chance to change up the show to celebrate with a whole bunch of our fans here in Vegas for the holidays. We had a blast singing some of our all-time favorite songs again and dusting off some Christmas dance steps – you can’t beat the Rudolph antler step – thanks Shannon (our choreographer)! 😄
It does honestly seem crazy how many amazing iconic stars have left us through the year though and most recently, the loss of George Michael was personally a real sadness to me. I have always loved George as a singer and songwriter and have to say he has been one of major influences on me as a pop artist. You can hear a little bit of “Faith” in the song “Telling Everybody” Mike and I wrote with our good buddy Paul Begaud for our very first album. He was a true blend of Pop and Soul and always made everything he did sound like it was meant just for him. Our version of “Last Christmas” has really stayed with us all our career and recently we sang it as a tribute in the Human Jukebox section of our show to send our respect his way. His music will be part of my personal Jukebox forever.
I have to say my greatest moment of 2016 though happened on November 6 at 12:36pm, when my incredibly gorgeous wife Heather gave birth to our heaven-sent angel Violette Faith Tierney. I have always been happy being the self-proclaimed “cool and crazy” Uncle but becoming a Dad is truly the greatest gift God could give me in this life. She is so precious and life will never be the same – only better.
Baby V is coming on the road for the first time in Feb which brings me to something I can’t wait for 2017 to deliver, which is our tour! I can’t wait to perform together with the guys for you all across the country on what we are calling our Ultimate Jukebox Tour. We are pumped to be bringing our full band direct from Vegas to play for you all too – many of whom have never set foot in Oz before so it’s going to be a blast!
Expect some pop-tastic flashbacks, great singing, great moves and just a whole bunch of great music – plus we are welcoming back Dancing With The Stars superstars Masha and Aric as our dancers again to bring a little romantic flare to the Jukebox.
I think since doing our 60 Minutes interview earlier in the year with good mate Karl Stefanovic, even more Aussies have been coming to hear us sing in the Sands Showroom at The Venetian – nothing beats seeing our fellow countrymen look proud to watch us bring that stage to life – it’s the best compliment we could ever get. My favourite fan gift for the year could be the personalised jar of Vegemite – gotta love the taste of home.
I also got to spend a day in NYC over Christmas this year after we returned to The Borgata in Atlantic City to give them their first taste of Jukebox on the East Coast. NYC has always been my most-loved city in the world and with the snow flurries and Christmas Tree in The Rockefeller Center this year, it lived up to all its glory. I heart NY.
One of the funniest YouTube clips I’ve seen recently was Conan O’Brien interviewing Kevin Hart in the gym — check it out…very funny stuff! I also loved Bruno Mars in James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke (what a fantastic idea that is for interviews) – it has really become a defining idea for him as a host and media personality.
Well, signing off for now, but can’t wait for another amazing year to roll around and I pray you all have a safe and amazing 2017. See you for The Ultimate Jukebox shows in February in Australia!