NA­TURE IN 25 YEARS OF TUNES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

From a fresh-faced high school band to earn­ing a res­i­dent spot on the Las Ve­gas Strip, Australia’s world­fa­mous Hu­man Na­ture have con­tin­ued their rise as they cel­e­brate 25 years to­gether.

The four friends, who are tour­ing their lat­est al­bum Juke­box, have clocked up some se­ri­ous num­bers since they be­gan a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago.

For An­drew Tier­ney, Phil Bur­ton, Michael Tier­ney and Toby Allen, their 3000 shows in­clude more than 70,000 songs sung in front of up to 500,000 peo­ple.

Tier­ney says it was an amaz­ing feat to think about when look­ing at the stats.

“It was a hobby and it turned into a ca­reer, so it’s just crazy the way the num­bers stack up,” he says.

“I can re­mem­ber our very first in­ter­view. We were so young and ner­vous, stum­bling over our words. Now that has just be­come part of the game.”

Tier­ney says it is the bond be­tween group mem­bers that has kept them to­gether.

“You do get tired with the long days and hav­ing to spend time away from the fam­ily,” he says. “But we’re re­ally good friends. It’s the ba­sis for why we’re still to­gether to­day.”

From mak­ing their de­but rep­re­sent­ing Hurlstone Agri­cul­tural High School at the Bankstown Town Hall in 1989 to land­ing res­i­dences at luxury ho­tels along the Las Ve­gas Strip, Tier­ney says it has been an in­cred­i­ble ride.

“That move to Ve­gas was one of the ma­jor things that stands out for me,” he says.

“But the strength we show to­gether is some­thing that I’m most proud of.”

Band mem­ber Toby Allen says their res­i­dency at The Vene­tian, in Ve­gas, has made the group a well-oiled ma­chine.

“We are work­ing to­gether bet­ter than we ever have,” he says.

An­drew Tier­ney from Hu­man Na­ture.

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