Smooth moves, sweet tunes! Human Nature’s Direct from Las Vegas! Australian Symphony Tour was nothing short of a party, with a mosh pit forming and ladies screaming from the minute the boys set foot on stage.
Showing they’ve learnt a thing or two about working a crowd while in Las Vegas the last two years – Human Nature provided a show that kept you on your toes, building the crowd up one minute with a toe tapping, row swaying tune, to a ballad or intent acapella number the next.
Hard to believe that Human Nature have been performing together for over twenty years, (they formed their band while in high school), and that they released their first album 14 years ago. On the other hand, the group are so in sync with their moves and harmonies you can see that their routines are almost as natural as breathing.
The boys shared the limelight, each taking turns to address the audience and giving little insights into their group. They shared their teenage inspiration which started it all – their desire to emulate the sweet melodies of Motown legends like the Temptations and The Miracles.
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) was once again magnificent and showed their versatility playing everything from the Motown classics, to ballads and heavy metal.
At one point Human Nature left the stage giving WASO the chance to play orchestral music reminiscent of that accompanying the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Another noteworthy mention was the baritone sax in Human Nature’s version of the ACDC song Sin City.
There were so many highlights of the performance but some of my favourites were the harmonies in Human Nature’s Wishes, the high energy number at the end of the first set You Can’t Hurry Love, and WASO’s playing of the Barry Manilow song Mandy.
The second half of the show started off with Tom Jones’ It’s not unusual number getting the crowd warmed up once again. Peter Allen’s Copacabana number was comical and well received.
Giving me goose bumps was the acapella performance of Smokey Robinson’s song Ooh Baby Baby which the lady beside me assured me was better than the original version. A complete quiet came over the crowd and you could have heard a pin drop.
The boys and WASO’s slick musical performance was backed with a beautiful stage and outdoor venue, great lighting and four costume changes.
The audience showed their appreciation often jumping up to dance and demanding an encore. The boys obliged, coming back on stage in dazzling white jackets and performing their version of People Get Ready and then Elvis Presley’s A Little Less Conversation and Viva Las Vegas.
The dazzling 90 minute performance left fans wishing for more but happily singing show tunes all the way home.
Human Nature’s Australian tour supports the release of their forthcoming tenth album featuring iconic tunes to come out of Las Vegas over the past 40 years.
Australian Symphony Tour
SUNDAY DECEMBER 12, 2010
Kings Park, Perth, WA
Ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100 or www.waso.com.au
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15, 2010
Convention Centre, Brisbane QLD
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au
FRIDAY DECEMBER 17, 2010
The State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Ticketmaster 136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au or www.sydneysymphony.com
SATURDAY DECEMBER 18, 2010
The State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Ticketmaster 136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au or www.sydneysymphony.com.au