Review - Sean Fox
Internationally-acclaimed music sensation, Human Nature made their long-awaited return to Rockhampton on Thursday night.
It had been about 15 years and it was well worth the wait.
An almost packed Pilbeam Theatre was excitable in anticipation leading up to their People Get Ready AAA Australian Regional Tour performance.
Hailed as a night of acoustic, audience and anthems, the foursome of Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney did not disappoint with vocal harmonies which were precise and on point.
The multi-talented hitmakers took the audience on a retrospective tour of their history up until the present day, sharing rarely heard stories and intimate details from behind the scenes.
From their jaw-dropping encounter with King of Pop Michael Jackson during their supporting shows for his HIStory Tour in 1996 to their performances for one of Celine Dion’s musical treks, they didn’t leave anything out.
Describing their rise to fame, different eras of a successful career and string of radio hits, they intertwined music while revealing it was their strong friendship and love of artistry which had kept them together as a group in the industry for over three decades.
They performed all of their original hits, new tracks and a wide variety of their famous covers from the Motown and Doo-wop genres which included I’ll Be There and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
They also shared how music legend Smokey Robinson became a friend and helped break them into the US music market before their decade-long residency in Las Vegas.
Not only did they offer the crowd plenty of soulful harmonies and powerful vocals, the boys also paved a diverse show filled with clever comedic timing and physical comedy as well.
It was clear they had the crowd in the palm of their hands and didn’t let go.
From Toby Allen’s sensual dance with a female mannequin to portrayals of their former selves during the Covid-19 lockdown (sporting either shorts or pyjamas), the audience roared for them.
One particular highlight for the ladies in the crowd was the moment when the heartthrob stepped out in a short pair of pants which revealed his muscular legs.
The boys proved they are top-notch professionals who take their craft very seriously.
Breaking their show up into segments, it was cleverly thought out and rehearsed with perfect visuals and accompanying piano and guitar from one of their band members.
Once it came time for them to bid the crowd farewell, the audience let them know they weren’t ready to say goodnight.
So they cried for more music. And the boys returned with a few more classics up their sleeve.
Finishing their set with a Marvin Gaye classic, the crowd gave them a loud applause full of love and admiration for the group.
As the attendees came away from the theatre, they couldn’t stop talking about their night with Human Nature they’ll surely remember forever.
Now we wait with bated breath for their epic return to our backyard.