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May Newsletter | New album, new tour, one busy month!

Posted by on Sunday, May 29th, 2016

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LAS VEGAS, NV – May 29, 2016

Hey everyone, I’m finally reflecting on the last month, and I’ll give myself a small break – because to say the least, it’s been busy! 🙂 The highlight of the month for HN has definitely been finally launching the new live Jukebox show in Vegas at The Venetian!

I know you’ve all heard a lot about it but for the four of us, it really felt like such a cool creative achievement to finally open the show and have the fans witness what we’ve been developing for almost 18 months. Of course, there were some hiccups along the way but I’m proud to say that the wheels never fell off and on literally the first night we ‘pressed play’ so to speak, without having done a full beginning-to-end run of the entire show EVER with full production – the audience loved it and we had smiles from ear to ear. We did it! If you’re passing through Las Vegas soon, we’d love for you to come and check out the show!

We’re now eight weeks in, and the reviews and reactions have been awesome – so many visitors in from back home, that all the Aussie talk makes us feel like we are almost home each night. We even sing the audience’s favourite ‘Australian’ song every night – lots of fun.

Once we got the show up and running, we moved our focus to finishing the new album “Gimme Some Lovin’ – Jukebox Vol. II” which is so much fun — some of the songs are already in the new show. We couldn’t wait to get back into the Jukebox world again and just have the most awesome time creating our versions of some more all-time classics. A number of the tracks we actually recorded completely live on the studio floor with the band and the four of us all performing together.

You see, this type of thing all the time in the movies but it NEVER normally happens these days. Even the seasoned session musicians we had on the record had never done it for real in their entire careers. It was such a treat and sounds so fresh on the album. Also, another new song of mine that I wrote for us is amongst the new set of recordings and I can’t wait for you all to hear the entire finished album soon. We’ll be announcing six songs off the album on Twitter over the weekend, and as one of our VIP Newsletter subscribers, you’ll be receiving the full tracklisting on Monday night!

We had fun shooting some video performances last weekend with a gorgeous dance couple from the US version Dancing With The Stars — Emma Slater and Aussie dancer Henry Byalikov. They look amazing and were bringing their own unique brand of sexy to the new Jukebox show.

The idea to bring our Vegas show for one night only to Sydney was a bit of a surprise to us all, but it’s going to be unreal. It’s almost sold out and we are just about to release a final section of seating, but just the thought of performing to a home crowd gets us excited all over again and we are feverishly planning a full national run as soon as we can.

I can’t wait to start watching the new season of Game Of Thrones and my favourite YouTube clip this month was a spoiler, so don’t watch if you don’t want to hear some anecdotes from the latest season. The clip is Kit Harrington on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon talking about Jon Snow – very funny!

Talk to you all soon. I’m off to soundcheck now for the first show of the week here in Vegas – I hope someone requests Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” tonight… I like singing that song!

Best,

Andrew

2 responses to “May Newsletter | New album, new tour, one busy month!”

  1. Jodie Whalan says:

    Hi guys
    My two daughters and I are huge fans – they manage to get to your concerts every time you’re in Australia. My youngest is turning 21 in June and as a surprise gift, my eldest is taking her to see you in Sydney at The Star in July.

    I know it’s a long shot but is there any chance you can wish her a Happy Birthday on the night, or even better still – get her up on stage to sing with you. (She has a beautiful voice) – her name is Georgia.

    Kind regards

    Jodie

  2. May Farrand says:

    Just saw your show last night. (Have seen your previous Motown show as well). I love you guys, you were great last night, but I have to be honest and say that I really preferred your Motown show better. I’m a 58 year old female fan of music, and I felt like your Jukebox theme and song selections were targeted to a much older audience (like my parents or older siblings). I just could not get in to it. Plus, you covered so many different genres and eras, that it seems you are suffering an “identity crisis” and want to be “something for everyone”. For example, jumping from the “Rat Pack” (way before my time

    ) up to “Boy Bands” (which I loved, by the way) was too extreme. You seemed really lost – I was confused. I think you need to pick a lane and stay in it. There were songs you performed that I really could care less about, and songs that are in your wheelhouse (i,e, Motown) that we did not get to hear. Sadly disappointing. You teased us with a Sam Smith intro (which I thought was going to be really cool) and then led into “Stand by Me” (which was good, but I would have rather heard you do “Stay with Me” instead – more contemporary). I guess what I’m saying is, the idea that comes to mind when I hear the word “Jukebox” is, it’s old-timer music that I’m not that interested in. I am a huge fan of yours, and would love a good reason to come back and see your show. I think you need to include more current, contemporary songs if you want to attract a younger audience. At least do more current R&B (which you guys just kill). When you mentioned that a Drake song was requested – I actually got excited, wanting to hear you perform it. I think that’s what made you different, a white group that kills at delivering “black” music. Now, you’re just any other white singers doing a random selection of classic oldies. It was just too scattered, too old, very disjointed. Again, I was confused by what you guys were doing. Need to maybe call it “iPod”, and perform newer, contemporary classics. (At least stay out of the 50’s era). How about performing 90’s R&B? You’ll attract a much younger crowd for sure. Anyway….thanks for a nice show last night. Good luck with Jukebox.

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