THERE was a lot to love as Human Nature kicked off the first show of their ‘Little More Love: A 30-Year Celebration Tour’ at the RAC Arena in Perth on Saturday night.
The quartet who started in the streets of Darling Harbour in 1989 include brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney, high school friends Toby Allen and Phil Burton
Together having sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 27 platinum awards, had 18 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits worldwide – it was clear it was going to be a big night.
Getting the crowd onto their feet early they popped up in the audience with the opener Earth Angel and walked through the crowds, dancing and singing to the delight of fans, before breaking into Telling Everybody and a Little More Love.
It was the perfect way to start off what they described was going be “a long night” for the crowd.
Next up was People get ready which highlighted the deep vocals of Toby Allen, who then took the chance to chat with the audience and share his love of Christmas songs.
Michael Tierney took the honours of introducing 2001 hit When we were young and joked about the age-gap between the band mates.
And in one of the many highlights of the night, the foursome broke out into complete boy band mode with hit song He don’t love you, performing to a couple allegedly on a first date.
With all the classic boy band moves and blue steel looks that put Derek Zoolander’s to shame, they made a pregnant lady by the name of Maxine teenage dreams come true.
Plucked from the audience after requesting her favourite song on the band’s social media account, Maxine was whisked onto the stage, with the band serenading her favourite song Don’t say goodbye.
More boy band moments ensued and my wish was granted when they belted out the beautiful Wishes.
A quick costume change allowed the crowd to take a trip down memory lane with videos of their 30 years in the industry playing on the big screens.
Highlights included singing at the Sydney Olympics, their Las Vegas residency, working with John Farnham and Celine Dion and beating The Wiggles on Family Feud.
A band introduction came next and then it was time for jukebox classics Shout, Higher and Higher, Will you still love me tomorrow, Love is all around and Run around Sue sung with performances from Dancing with the Stars professional dancers Aric Yegudkin and Masha Belash.
It was soon time to mix it up and with what was already a jam-packed show the band brought out opening act Dami Im to sing two songs and join Andrew Tierney in a duet performance with his song Good Hands.
A beautiful tribute to family saw Toby Allen dedicate ballad If you only believe to his mum who had passed and to all mums, wishing every mum in the venue a happy Mother’s Day.
Returning in purple satin jackets it was time to bring some Motown and a medley of songs from the Four Tops and Temptations had everyone impressed with their harmonies and range.
A tribute to Smokey Robinson with The tracks of my tears was next and then it was time to dance to a stream of hits which got everyone on their feet.
A dance lesson to Diana Ross and The Supreme’s Stop (in the name of love), proved we could all be back up dancers for the rest of the tour and then it was time to go Dancing in the Street.
With the main performance down and two hours of non-stop entertainment done, you’d forgive the foursome (all now well and truly in their 40s) if they finished the show then and there.
But like fine wines, these guys proved they could keep up with the best of them returning for the encore and it was joyous.
With shiny navy blue jackets they took to the stage one last time and belted out Every time you cry and finished with a rendition of All you need is Love from the original fab four.
It’s almost impossible to squeeze 30 years of hits and entertainment into a short review but this show had humour, harmonies and wholesome fun and you can betcha that I’ll be “telling everybody” what I did last night for months to come.