Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 4:58 p.m.
While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, many of our Strip and Las Vegas personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. Our thanks to them all. We continue with the four-man Australian singing group Human Nature, who take a breath from headlining at Imperial Palace to look back at an amazing first six months of 2012.
By Human Nature
This year has started as one of the most amazing for us to remember as a group. Over the past 22 years of performing together, we have been extremely lucky and appreciative of all the fabulous things we’ve been able to do, from performing in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics to opening for artists like Michael Jackson and Celine Dion to singing for Oprah Winfrey.
With all that said, 2012 kicked off with a bang, and now we would like to share with you our Top 5 highlights for Human Nature in 2012 … so far!
‘THE MOTOWN RECORD’ IS RELEASED: On March 6, we released our first U.S. album, “The Motown Record,” with Universal Music. Featuring the classic Motown hits from our show, we also were able to record with famed producer Harvey Mason Jr. We were so thrilled as the album hit #1 on the Motown Charts and #1 on the Billboard Heat-Seeker Charts.
PBS SPECIAL RERUNS: In July 2011, we filmed our show at the Paris Theater in a large-scale production for PBS, which hit the airwaves last December. The results were such that PBS has since aired the show time and time again this year. It is such a treat to be able to have worked with a living legend in the music industry, Ken Erlich, who produced the show. “Human Nature Sings Motown” continues to play on PBS, and we are so proud of the amazing show.
OUR FIRST U.S. TOUR: To coincide with the album release and the PBS special, we hit the East Coast for our first-ever U.S. tour. We brought our Las Vegas-based band the Funk Foundation and kicked off at the legendary Fisher Theater in Detroit where the sound of Motown started. We played to sold-out crowds in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and more before closing the tour in New York and playing to a thunderous crowd at the famous Beacon Theater. This was an amazing run of shows and one we will always remember.
THREE YEARS ON THE STRIP: Celebrating three years on the Strip -- when we first took the gamble (no pun intended) to hit Las Vegas, even though we were confident in the music and the show, we really weren’t sure if it would connect with a Las Vegas audience. In the past three years, we have been so blessed to have been awarded Best Singer in Las Vegas, plus Best Show in Las Vegas from TripAdvisor. The time has flown by, and we are very thankful to our audience, dedicated fans and of course the legendary presenter of our show, Smokey Robinson. We’re looking forward to another three years in our new home.
‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’: This year was the first time ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” invited singers to perform during the competition night, and to make it even more exciting, the night was Motown themed. We went to CBS Studios in Hollywood, where the ABC show is filmed, and shared the stage with some of the biggest names from Motown: Robinson, the Temptations and Martha Reeves of the Vandellas. It was truly amazing. The crowd was very receptive, and since then, guests and audience members have said they saw us on the show.
It’s been an incredible first half of the year, and we cannot wait to see what the second half of the year brings. The one thing we will say is we have our eyes set on big things to come!
Our thanks to Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney of Human Nature for all the musical joy they add to the Las Vegas scene. Be sure to check out our other guest columns today from hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck and chef Steve Martorano. Join us again Thursday for two of the gorgeous glamour girls from “Fantasy” at the Luxor, Harrah’s comedy magician headliner Mac King and genius producer Zoe Thrall, who turns out all the hits with the stars at the Palms recording studio.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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