Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents (https://www.dannyzeliskopresents.com/ )
Venue: Talking Stick Resort – Showroom (https://www.talkingstickresort.com/ )
Date: Friday February 28th, 2020
Tour: AUSTRALIA’S HUMAN NATURE SINGS MOTOWN & MORE
Have you ever wanted to see a Las Vegas style show? I have seen a number of shows in Las Vegas including magicians, comedians and concert acts. It has become very popular today for musicians to setup a residency (long term appearance) at one of the casinos. Currently you can see Aerosmith, Barry Manilow, Bryan Adams, Cher and Brittany Spears. To see current acts in residency in Las Vegas checkout: https://www.lvmonorail.com/las-vegas-residencies-run-down/ . There are also a large number of tribute bands. You can see everything from the classic “Elvis” tribute review to “Cher” tribute acts. One of the longer running tribute acts is Human Nature. They have been performing in Las Vegas for the past 11 years and have clocked in over 2000 shows. They just announced that they signed a new 2-year deal with The Venetian Las Vegas Sands Showroom.
Human Nature is an Aussie boy (now men) band formed in 1989 in Sidney, New South Wales, Australia. This quartet consists of Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers, Andrew and Mike Tierney. They sing classic Motown and 60s music. Having grown up in Toledo, Ohio in the 60s, I was inundated with the Motown sound from Detroit. So, I have a very high standard when it comes to acts recreating these classic songs. Well I can tell you that Human Nature does a superb job. When I closed my eyes and just listened to them sing, it brought back the original music and bands. To fully appreciate and recreate the Motown sound, a tribute band not only has to recreate the sound, but they also need to recreate the movements of the original acts. Human Nature did a fabulous job at both. For a couple of the songs, they played the original Motown band on a background screen and then matched the original band’s movements. The other thing I appreciated was that they used mics and mic stands similar to the original bands and not the head mics that a lot of performers used when dancing.
They did a lot of really nice things during the shows. First, they were constantly making eye contacting with the audience. They talked to us and explained how they got started just singing at Sydney Harbor with a hat to collect money. Then at one point they jumped into the audience and walked up the isles singing. Lastly the got a lady from the audience, Chelsea, and brought her up on stage to sing “My Girl” with them. These are the little touches that make for a great show.
It was funny to listen to them when they just talked. Their Aussie accents came through, but when they sang their accent disappeared and they sounded just like the original bands. If you get a chance to see them either on tour or if you go to Las Vegas it will be a wonderful experience.
You can find out more information about Human Nature, their upcoming tour in Australia and their dates in Las Vegas on their website and Facebook page. I have provided the links to these below.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/humannatureband/
This is the first Las Vegas style show I have seen at Talking Stick Resort (TSR). The Showroom is setup just like a lot of Las Vegas showrooms. The really nice thing is that I did not have to drive to Las Vegas. I hope TSR continues to being shows like this to the valley. The TSR Showroom is perfect for these shows. It is small and intimate. The lighting and sound are outstanding. Overall it is a great venue to see any show. You can check out the shows coming to TSR at either their website or Danny Zelisko Presents website that I attached at the start of this review.
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2020, All Rights Reserved
Here is a partial of the setlist as I wrote it down. I missed the first 2 songs of the set (I was photographing). If you see a problem, please let me know and I will update the setlist.
Human Nature Setlist: (cover)
Baby I Need Your Lovin (Johnny Rivers)
Just My Imagination (Temptations)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles)
Down By The Sea (Red Grammer)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Why Do Fouls Fall In Love (Frankie Lymon / Teenagers)
Shout (The Isley Brothers)
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson)
My Girl (The Temptations)
People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
Everytime You Cry (John Farnham)
I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles)
Don’t Worry Baby (The Beach Boys)
You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees)
Young Man (Village People)
Lady Is A Tramp (Frank Sinatra and Rat Pack Tribute)
I’ll Be There (Jackson 5)
Ooo Baby Baby (Smokey Robinson and The Miracles)
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye)
Baby Everything’s Alright (Stevie Wonder)
Stop In The Name Of Love (The Supremes)
Dancing In The Street (Martha & The Vandellas)
Love, Love, Love (The Beatles)
Run Around Sue (Dion)