Australian pop vocal group Human Nature sing at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on March 8
From a press release:
Tickets, which are $35, $45, and $55, go on sale this Friday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A special pre-sale for Music Insider Members will run on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Human Nature has earned their place as one of the world’s finest pop vocal groups of the modern era. Since their debut to the Australian public back in 1996, they’ve become known around the globe for their distinctive harmonies and stellar live shows, riding waves to the top of the charts and winning fans all over the planet.
The foursome – Toby Allen, Phil Burton, and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney – recently celebrated their 28th anniversary. That kind of staying power, combined with their incredible vocal talent, has seen them headline sold-out shows around Australia, as well as building a formidable reputation as a genuine Las Vegas headlining attraction.
Their statistics are staggering. Since signing to Sony Music Australia over two decades ago, Human Nature has sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 27 platinum awards, scored 17 Top 40 hits, and has had five Top 10 tracks worldwide. Among the hits, you’ll hear such classics as “Wishes,” “Don’t Say Goodbye,” “Don’t Cry,” “Eternal Flame,” “He Don’t Love You,” “When You Say You Love Me’,” and their collaboration with John Farnham, “Every Time You Cry.”
In 2009, Human Nature took Las Vegas by storm with an unprecedented residency, a coup for an Australian act. Word spread quickly regarding the boys’ prowess and their “Motown Show” clocked up over 1,300 performances during a six-year period, earning plaudits from not only fans but from the great Motown icon and presenter of their debut Las Vegas residency show Smokey Robinson. “The Motown Show” was lauded by Trip Advisor as the No. 1 show not to be missed in Las Vegas during its incredible six-year run.
In 2016, Human Nature resigned to the prestigious Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino for a three-year residency at the famed Sands Showroom for a new show they’ve called “Jukebox.” The Jukebox concept takes its name from the Australian double-platinum-selling album of the same name. On March 23, 2017, Human Nature reached the impressive milestone of performing their 1,500th show on the famed entertainment strip.
The original “Jukebox” album was a collection of 1950s and ‘60s pop standards (together with an original song) produced by Dave Pierce and executive produced by Bob Rock. “Jukebox” closed 2014 as the No. 3 bestselling Australian album of the year, with double-platinum sales and a No. 2 ARIA chart position.
In 2016, Human Nature released the highly anticipated sequel, “Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol II.” Again, the band worked with Pierce and Rock. Like its predecessor, the new album features interpretations by the boys of songs made famous from the late ’50s to mid ’60s “golden age.” The songs were originally either penned or performed by the likes of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers, Fontella Bass, and more. Again, the group has included a new “modern classic” on the album, an original tune, written by Andrew, “Forgive Me Now.”
One of the world’s first “boy bands,” Human Nature’s biography is in their setlist for their current Jukebox show. “Some Americans that come to see our show have never heard of Human Nature before,” explains Mike. “We have to tell our story of how we got together when we were kids in high school, and what motivated us to stay together and why we’re who we are. We tell that through the music and use the ‘jukebox’ as our way to move through the music that’s inspired us.”
The Jukebox show is a playlist of not only the group’s influences, but the greatest vocal hits of all time. Jukebox sees the guys perform such classics as “Under The Boardwalk,” “Stand By Me,” and “Unchained Melody.” If you’re at a gig, expect to hear the likes of “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys to the aforementioned Beatles’ hit “I Saw Her Standing There.” Jukebox also explodes with the Motown hits Human Nature famously reinterpreted during their acclaimed Las Vegas Motown Show, from “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Dancing in the Street” to the soul of “Gimme Some Lovin’” or Sly and the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music.” It’s a journey that carries through to “All About That Bass” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”
Looking back, the band all marvel at both how long they’ve been together, and also by how enthusiastic they are as a unit to reach new heights, whether it be playing live or recording a new album like “Gimme Some Lovin’.”
“In 2016, we celebrated our 27th year together,” explains Andrew. “I think that’s a milestone that very few people can scoff at. That’s amazing to think the four of us have been doing this and loving this for that long, and we still want to get together and come up with ideas on how we can keep going, rather than show each other the door.
“I guess that’s a real highlight for me, that so many years later we’re still enjoying it, we’re still great friends. We love each other like brothers, and we do look forward to the day we sit down in a room and say ‘OK, what are we going to do next?’ It’s still a great, fresh relationship.”