Phil Burton on
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
LAS VEGAS, NV – April 17, 2016
Hi everybody – hope you had a great Easter!
The last month really couldn’t have been more hectic, busy or exciting for us. We spent January and February working out ideas for our new Jukebox show at The Venetian, but come March it was time to dive in head-first and start rehearsing. Since then we just haven’t stopped!
All the hard work has really paid off though – two weeks into the run and the new show is feeling amazing so far. It’s great to be able to get back to our first love of performing on stage regularly again.
We would love for you to come and see the show for yourself! Make sure you use the codeword ‘SOC25’ at the checkout for 25% off selected tickets.
With all the intense planning going on there hasn’t been a lot of family time lately, but we did manage to put the work aside on Easter Sunday to have a picnic. All our families got together in a park on a perfect Spring day here in Vegas (the weather doesn’t get any better than in late March/early April here) and it was great to relax together and recharge the batteries while our kids ran around hyped up on chocolate and hunting for eggs.
Now with all the craziness of the last few weeks, my YouTube pick for this month has to be a Bruno Mars song that is totally appropriate. It’s a few years old but I totally understand where he’s coming from!
Hope everybody is happy and loving life, and I look forward to seeing you all at an HN show one day soon.
Mike Tierney on
Monday, March 21st, 2016
LAS VEGAS, NV – March 22, 2016
Well it’s been busy times for us this past month. Exciting to have our new Jukebox show at The Venetian opening March 29th! Getting our new moves, outfits, band and stage together has been a lot of work but also a lot of fun for us all. The main thing for us is that audiences have a blast and enjoy the journey with us!
We can’t wait to share this brand new show with you so hope you’ll grab some tickets and come and join us. We’d love to see you! Make sure you use the codeword ‘SOC25’ at the checkout for 25% off selected tickets.
We’ve also been lucky to squeeze in some family time. I took a quick trip up to Coronado Island near San Diego to remind me what the ocean looks like – I miss the Aussie summer and beaches over here in the desert.
One of my favorite songs at the moment is Cake By The Ocean, so at my daughters request, that’s what we had!
Look forward to seeing everyone at the show!
Human Nature on
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
LAS VEGAS, NV – January 21, 2016
The Venetian® Las Vegas, SPI Entertainment and Las Vegas headliners HUMAN NATURE are delighted to announce a forthcoming three-year residency with the brand new show “JUKEBOX,” specially crafted for its home at the Sands Showroom in The Venetian.
Australia’s HUMAN NATURE, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups and a true Las Vegas success story, has set the Strip on fire and kept sold-out audiences dazzled and dancing during their internationally celebrated “MOTOWN Show,” which premiered at The Venetian in 2013.
“JUKEBOX” will see HUMAN NATURE’S foursome, Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney, backed by a dynamic six-piece band and world-class dancers, as they celebrate a mix of pop classics with doo-wop, boy band with Bandstand, soul standards with Motown… and even some “Uptown Funk.” “JUKEBOX” is not only a playlist of the group’s influences, but some of the most-loved hit songs from the best vocal artists and groups of all time, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Stand By Me,” “Unchained Melody,” “Dance To The Music” and “Under The Boardwalk.”
“We’re incredibly excited to be doing this brand new show,” said Andrew Tierney. “We were looking for a new creative challenge and, when we presented our ideas to The Venetian they embraced it.”
“Over the past three years, Andrew, Mike, Toby and Phil have become wonderful additions to The Venetian family. We couldn’t be more thrilled about HUMAN NATURE ‘JUKEBOX’. Their talents extend further than simply Motown and we can’t wait for guests to experience this new show,” said George Markantonis, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo Convention Center.
HUMAN NATURE’S “JUKEBOX” will explode with not only the Motown hits they have famously reinterpreted such as “Dancing In The Street,” but also soul standards like “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” plus old and new pop hits in “Twist And Shout” to today’s chart toppers such as “All About That Bass” and “Shake It Off.” They show that this “JUKEBOX” plays everything from The Temptations to Taylor Swift, from The Beatles to Bruno Mars.
The “JUKEBOX” concept was inspired by HUMAN NATURE’S Australian platinum selling album of the same name, which will be released in North America in 2016. The album was executive produced by the legendary Bob Rock (Michael Bublé /Metallica) and was co-produced by David Pierce (Michael Bublé /Robbie Williams). Pierce joins HUMAN NATURE at The Venetian as a musical collaborator for the “JUKEBOX” experience.
One of the world’s seminal “Boy Bands,” HUMAN NATURE will include hits from their own music catalog, as well as a host of fan favorites, while still paying homage to past pop masters. Audience members can expect to hear the songs from Backstreet Boys and the Bee Gees alongside The Beach Boys and Boyz II Men, among others.
“We’ve always been incredibly focused on HUMAN NATURE and on our live shows and how we are represented as artists,” explains Phil Burton. “We pinch ourselves as four Australians to be so heartily embraced by American music fans. To have such incredible support from The Venetian and the US music industry is humbling and it motivates us to bring our best five nights a week. We’ll be playing music from all eras, and we’ll throw in some Motown and some music from our pop career and the ‘boy band’ days. We’ll be highlighting what ‘boy bands’ have been like through the ages – not only a guilty pleasure of great songs, but a jukebox unto themselves.”
SPI Entertainment will produce the new show with HUMAN NATURE. “We have been proud to be partners with HUMAN NATURE since we first brought them to the USA over six years ago,” said SPI Founder & CEO Adam Steck. “They are the embodiment of what it means to be entertainers and we cannot wait for Las Vegas audiences to experience our new show with them. HUMAN NATURE never disappoints.”
The “JUKEBOX” residency is another high for a group that has been together since school days and are now celebrating their 26th year together. HUMAN NATURE has previously hit the top of the charts in Australia and the UK and have a staggering 25 platinum awards to their credit. Career highlights include playing to a global audience at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. HUMAN NATURE was handpicked to travel the world opening for Michael Jackson and Celine Dion and have collaborated frequently with the likes of American icon Smokey Robinson. “The members of Human Nature are extraordinary vocalists who truly know how to entertain,” said Smokey Robinson. “If you haven’t seen them perform you need to, it’s a real treat.”
HUMAN NATURE “JUKEBOX” will be performed Tuesday through Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. beginning, Tuesday, March 29. Tickets, on sale Friday, Jan. 29, start at $49.50 + taxes and fees and VIP options are available. Tickets can be purchased at any Venetian or Palazzo box office or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469. Tickets are also available at HumanNatureLive.com or Venetian.com.
ABOUT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS:
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 4,028 elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino; The Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space. For more information, visit venetian.com, @venetianvegas and facebook.com/venetianlasvegas. The Venetian Las Vegas is a property of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS).
ABOUT SPI ENTERTAINMENT:
SPI Entertainment is a leading Production Company & Talent Agency with six successful resident award-winning shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and more than 10 shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class entertainers, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer & Talent Agency in Las Vegas and beyond. Current Productions include Human Nature – “Jukebox,” Boyz II Men, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under, Divas – Starring Frank Marino, RockTellz and Cocktails, and The Australian Bee Gees Show. www.SPIentertainment.com
ABOUT HUMAN NATURE:
HUMAN NATURE are one of Australia’s greatest musical success stories and exports. The foursome which features brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney together with high school friends Toby Allen and Phil Burton have sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 25 platinum awards, 17 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits worldwide. They have performed sell out shows around the globe since they signed with Sony Music Australia over two decades ago, a partnership that continues today. Since arriving in Las Vegas in 2009 to commence an unprecedented residency for an Australian act, the pop-vocal group has garnered international critical acclaim. The group are a resident act at the prestigious The Venetian Las Vegas, where they are launching their new show JUKEBOX. JUKEBOX follows the highly successful “Smokey Robinson presents HUMAN NATURE: The Motown Show” which clocked up over 1200 performances over a six year period. JUKEBOX, the album, is a collection of ‘50s and ‘60s pop standards (together with an original song) produced by Dave Pierce & Executive Produced by Bob Rock. It will be released in North America during 2016. The band’s twelfth album, JUKEBOX closed 2014 as the No. 3 best–selling Australian album of the year with double platinum sales and a #2 ARIA chart position. Highlights in Human Nature’s career to date include performing to a global audience at Sydney 2000, opening for Michael Jackson and Celine Dion at concerts around the world and, appearing on television in the USA on shows including The Talk, The Chew, Oprah and Dancing With The Stars, as well as their own PBS Special: Human Nature Sings Motown.
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Andrew Tierney on
Friday, October 30th, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV – October 30, 2015
What a great month it has been for us here!
We’ve had so many Aussies in to the Venetian to catch our shows lately, it almost feels like we are back home sometimes. Thanks for all the love and can’t wait to sing for more and more of you guys as the show continues. One of the great things about playing where we do is that we get people from all over the world vacationing in Vegas and then coming to see the show – it’s really fantastic to meet so many new people and have them get to know HN.
One of the highlights of the last few weeks has been getting to collaborate with the amazing Delta Goodrem. For those of you who aren’t Aussies, Delta is a wonderful and famous singer from Australia and someone we have been a fan of for years so to get together and make some festive magic with her on the song “Let It Snow” was just awesome. We loved our Christmas Album so much that we wanted to go back and add some new songs to it. My next favourite is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” I have always loved this song but I feel we have found a really unique take on it for ourselves and I hope everyone likes it to get in the Christmas spirit this year too.
Halloween is almost upon us here and we will of course show you pics of the outfits – we missed Halloween last year being back in Oz to release our Jukebox album, but the costumes should be back in force for 2015… stay tuned. We even did a spooky ‘By Request’ to keep in the Halloween mood – it’s such a fun holiday. The party is at my house again this year and we’ve decided to make it more about the kids this time (yeah right!) — trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood and lots of Candy (or lollies for us Aussies).
My favourite YouTube clip at the moment might just have to be the full trailer for the new Star Wars movie. I love movies in general and the kid in me just won’t calm down about this one. I hope it lives up to expectations but I love the idea of a new Star Wars movie – the first one came out when I was 3!!!
Have a great month guys and see you all soon,
Phil Burton on
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV – September 30, 2015
It’s Phil here, to give you the latest on what’s been happening for us.
We’re back in Vegas now after our run of shows on the East Coast last month. It was a great tour with a lot of fun shows and great crowds – and it’s also always good to get the opportunity to see other parts of America with a lot of history and culture (I think I might have a bit of a crush on Philadelphia just quietly…).
We just finished recording a few new songs over the past couple of weeks. Once again we worked with Dave Pierce (who produced our Jukebox album) and Bob Rock – an amazing team to make music with. They really know their stuff! Can’t say too much about the material yet but we’re really excited.
We’re also starting to prepare for our Christmas show which kicks off at the Venetian on November 21 and goes through until December 22. It’s always fun to perform Christmas songs. They really seem to put a smile on most people’s faces – including our own.
Sometimes living here in Vegas means we do a few things a little out of the ordinary – for instance last weekend we all hit the streets of Vegas for a 5km charity fun run (well, one of us decided to run – the other 3 of us felt the option of a leisurely 1 mile walk was more in order). It was actually a great way to spend a morning – and I know my dogs really appreciated the exercise!
Okay – to my favourite YouTube video at the moment. I’m really enjoying Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ new track ‘Downtown’. It’s got a great old-school feel, and the video is so much fun to watch. Enjoy!
Hope you’re all enjoying life and looking forward to a great Christmas – it’s just around the corner…
Mike Tierney on
Monday, August 31st, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV – August 31, 2015
Hey Guys, hope you’re all well.
It’s Mike here to give you an update of what’s been going on lately in the world of Human Nature!
The last month has been a fun and busy one for us all, starting off with some family vacation time at the beginning of August. We all went our separate ways, I was lucky enough to visit the beaches of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico which was beautiful and a great chance to relax with my family.
We then hit the road for a few weeks, getting out of Vegas to beat the heat and take The Motown Show to the East Coast of the U.S. We started in Florida then up to Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Lancaster PA, and Morristown, NJ. It’s been fun and the crowds have been fantastic! We just finished our last weekend at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City before heading back to Vegas to resume our show at The Venetian and also start some recording, which will be super exciting.
Over the years, we’ve discovered that YouTube is a wonderful platform to watch and share all different types of videos and as part of our newsletter, we’re going to share a favourite video each month. To kick things off, mine is ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ by The Weeknd – it’s my favourite song at the moment. It’s got such a great feel and his voice reminds me a bit of Michael Jackson. Enjoy!
Thanks for signing up for our newsletter and we’ll try to keep you updated every month with what’s going on in the world of HN.
Friday, June 5th, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV – June 3, 2015 – Human Nature, Australia’s most successful male vocal group and Las Vegas Strip headliners, will perform nine east coast concert dates this summer. The tour will kick off August 8 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and will continue on to The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA, The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ and will conclude with additional shows at The Borgata in Atlantic City on August 21 and 22. This year’s east coast tour comes on the heels of Human Nature’s sold-out Australian tour in May and follows up their highly successful 2014 U.S. east coast tour.
Featuring the vocal harmonies of brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen, the quartet is accompanied by their 7-piece band, The Funk Foundation and new digital video staging technology. Throughout their concert dates, Human Nature brings their unique sound to some of pop music’s most enduring anthems, including “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “Reach Out”, “ABC” and “My Girl.”
“Although our Motown Show is in residence in Las Vegas, we have an amazing fan base across America and always enjoy our tours here.” says Andrew Tierney. “It was in Atlantic City where our Motown show was first embraced by American audiences, and we are thrilled to tour the U.S. every chance we get.”
With 24 platinum hits, more than 3 million records sold, 18 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits worldwide, the group considers their American success a career highlight. Human Nature’s accomplishments include performing the Australian national anthem at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, performing on Wheel of Fortune, opening for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson as well as appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Talk”.
“Our musical roots lie in American soul,” proclaims Andrew. “It’s the ultimate place to be for what we love. It feels like our options are endless here. We are looking forward to continuing our touring, making great music, and playing our original songs too. Our biggest love is performing live on stage. We always look forward to taking our show on the road and we really enjoy sharing our music and meeting different people in different cities across the country.”
Sunday August 9 & Monday August 10 | Coconut Creek, FL
Friday August 14 – Sunday August 16 | Atlantic City, NJ
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Monday August 17 | Lancaster, PA
American Music Theatre
Wednesday August 19 | Morristown, NJ
The Mayo Performing Arts Center
Friday August 21 & Saturday August 22 | Atlantic City, NJ
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
For pricing, show times and ticket information, please visit each venue’s respective website.
Thursday, May 14th, 2015
See “The Motown Show” like never before with the “VIP Soundcheck Experience,” a behind the scenes look at Human Nature’s nightly Motown celebration at The Venetian Las Vegas. In addition to early seating and admittance to the private pre-show soundcheck, this VIP experience includes an autographed show program and an exclusive “meet and greet” with Andrew, Mike, Phil, and Toby!
Tickets for the “VIP Soundcheck Experience” are separate from your “The Motown Show” admission ticket and can be purchased at any Venetian/Palazzo Box office, or by calling 702.414.9000 / 866.641.7469. They are also available online at www.Venetian.com.
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015
In the 25 years that Human Nature, Australia’s leading pop vocal group, have been together they’ve had five No. 1 albums, sold millions of records around the world and collected close to two dozen Top 40 hits. Since 2009 their dazzling Motown tribute show presented by Smokey Robinson has delighted audiences in Las Vegas.
While much has been written about the group, little is known about the individuals who make up the soulful harmonies. In one of his first American, solo interviews, Toby Allen is opening up about his sexuality and his family. Aside from Human Nature, Allen has performed in London as the emcee in Cabaret and in Australia as Kenickie in Grease. Still, like the others in Human Nature, he always returns to the group. Although he likes to tease the key to their success is that they don’t sleep together, in truth he said it’s their bond that has kept them together all of these years.
“We were just friends in high school and doing musical things. We were all mates before we began singing together. Then we found something we love doing together, and we still love doing it today,” Allen said.
Having once worked as a perfume salesman, Allen said if singing hadn’t worked out he was studying to become a geologist. As a kid he enjoyed playing soccer and tennis and riding horses. Now as the father of two-year-old twins, Harvey and Roxanne with husband, actor Darren Weller, Allen is not only keeping active in Las Vegas, but is embarking on an Australian tour with Human Nature to celebrate their new album,Jukebox, and their 25th anniversary.
Over the years you have traveled all over the world. Do you recall your first trip to the U.S.?
I remember in ’91 we were on our way to London, and on the way back we stopped at Disneyland. It was exciting. We grew up in Australia hearing so much about the U.S. and were exposed to the culture through TV and movies. We actually went to a ballgame on an early trip to the U.S., as well. I remember seeing a Lakers game once. We don’t have that scale or style of sport in Australia.
For those who aren’t familiar with you or Human Nature, how would you describe yourself?
I can sometimes come across as a little shy. Once I get to know people I get much more gregarious. I might be more reserved on stage than I am in social situations.
What’s it like being a father?
It’s awesome! Exhausting. Fun. It’s everything and better than anything I ever thought it would be.
Did you always know you wanted to be a father?
I had an inkling that I would be. I didn’t know how it would happen or what I’d have to go through to do it.
When you met Darren at a charity tennis game in Sydney in 2005, was it love at first sight?
It felt like it. He introduced himself, and there was definitely a connection. Then the following days and weeks after we discovered more about each other. It was really obvious that there was something special there. It was a thrill.
You told New Idea magazine in 2013: “I think a lot of people knew I was gay, but it never became an issue, which was really lovely. I haven’t hidden away from it, but I haven’t searched out that publicity either.” Was there ever any hesitation in the group for you coming out?
No, not at all. Initially we just wanted people to focus on our music. After a while all of the guys were incredibly supportive and sexuality was a non issue.
Was it always easy for you to be open with your sexuality or was it a struggle?
There are so many different situations and everyone has their own struggles, I guess. I was at a boarding school and being into music, I was sort of a natural target. At the same time I was discovering more about myself, so I really wasn’t out at school. In fact, it wasn’t until I went to university and was exposed to other ways of life that I felt more secure to go out and be more myself. Luckily I had a loving family who loved me for who I was, so it was sort of a non issue. Most people said they knew anyway, which I am sure happens a lot. I didn’t struggle so much. Maybe when I was in school, but there wasn’t much of a struggle after that. I feel bad for people who do struggle, and I hope they can find someone who can be a support.
I want to ask you a few quick questions so people can get to know you better. What is one thing you can’t travel without?
Now it’s my children. I’m notorious for being a gadget buff, so I love my Gameboy and that sort of stuff. Also, my phone and iPad.
What is one CD you can’t live without?
That is a tough question. Prince’s The Gold Experience. That’s probably my favorite.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Margo Kidder. She was Lois Lane in the Superman film. I was a young, young kid, and I remember having a crush on her.
Are you and Darren planning on having more children?
We’ve thrown the idea around. Our relationship with our surrogate was happy. She comes to Vegas, and we visit her. Now when I think about it, I just feel tired. Having twins is a whole other ballgame. We are so blessed to have a boy and a girl. There is still time, though. There are still embryos there. Right now we’re probably just going to enjoy what we got.
Other than your children, what are you the most proud of?
The fact that we [Human Nature] are still together doing what we love. There are not many groups that manage to survive that long.
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Human Nature was recently in Australia for ‘The Jukebox Tour – a 25th Anniversary Celebration’ which kicked off in Melbourne on April 23rd. With the release of the platinum accredited JUKEBOX in October last year, which has surpassed 100,000 units of sales, Human Nature’s 11th studio album in their 20 year recording history with Sony Music, 2015 marks the 25 years of Human Nature together as a band.
In honour of this incredible milestone, we could bore you with the number of early morning calls, the odd missed alarm, the number of both domestic & international flights taken, the amount of sound checks, phone interviews, promo schedules the guys have undertaken throughout their career, or even listing all the Australian venues they have played. Instead, we thought we would share with you these incredible feats –
40 Three-piece custom made Tuxedos
60 Black Bow-ties (only 2-3 missing without a trace – all Andrews)
360 various matching coloured Blazers
72 000 Songs sung (People Get Ready is probably 2500 of them)
180 Assorted ties
16 500 Batteries
12000 Berocca tablets
2400 fresh razor blades
40 Different hairstyles
7 Music Video’s in sleeve-less shirts
80 Black Patent leather dancing shoes
1500 Shots of Vodka (only 1 each at anytime – except for Toby)
60 000 litres of water
500 000 Bums on seats
150 Photo Shoots
10 000 Radio Interviews
33 000 Towels (only 5 by Mike – he never sweats)
4 Boater Hats
1 million miles travelled (9000 of those while dancing on stage)
10 shows cancelled (1 due to hangover. No names)
4 Singers – 1 Dream
‘The Jukebox Tour – A 25th Anniversary Celebration’ commemorated 25 successful years since the band was founded, with the iconic group touring the country in April and May 2015.
JUKEBOX was produced by David Pierce (Michael Buble) with fellow Canadian music man Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Michael Buble) on board as Executive Producer. A roll-call of elite musicians recorded their parts for JUKEBOX. Indeed, members of Buble’s horn section deliver the goods on seven tracks, including ‘Wonderful World’, ‘End Of Days’, ‘Runaround Sue’ and ‘Good Lovin’. Double bass maestro, Chuck Berghofer added his genius to ‘Stand by Me’, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Runaround Sue’, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and ‘Under The Boardwalk’.
JUKEBOX was recorded in L.A., Calgary, Toronto and in Human Nature’s adopted home of Las Vegas.
Since signing with Sony Music Australia in 1994, Human Nature have enjoyed five No. 1 albums in Australia. All told, they’ve achieved 24 platinum awards, 18 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits worldwide. In 2005, Human Nature released the five-time platinum album REACH OUT – THE MOTOWN RECORD, a collection of Motown hits. It went on to win the ARIA Award for the highest-selling Australian album of the year, and it reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Heat Seekers chart.