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Photos: Human Nature ends 3 1/2 year headliner run at Imperial Palace


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Human Nature’s final show at Imperial Palace on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. From left: Andrew Tierney, Phil Burton, Michael Tierney and Toby Allen.

Human Nature's Final Show at Imperial Palace

Human Nature's final show at Imperial Palace on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Smokey Robinson and Human Nature Celebrate

Smokey Robinson is flanked by Human Nature at the Imperial Palace on May 11, 2010. Launch slideshow »

The Motown-loving Australian foursome of brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen, collectively known as Human Nature, performed their final headliner show Sunday night at Imperial Palace after a 3 1/2 year run, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik was onsite for a photo gallery of the last performance.

Kabik reported, “I caught up with the guys before the show for a few shots onstage as they celebrated with their families, the show’s producers, Imperial Place staff, the band and many others. I asked what the future holds for them, and they told me to ‘stay tuned for a big announcement for 2013 and beyond coming very soon!’ ”

“Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Ultimate Celebration of Motown” drew tens of thousands of fans since its May 23, 2009, debut; Sunday’s farewell was the 776th performance. Celebrity attendees over the years included Robinson, Susan Lucci, Mike Tyson, Shania Twain, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Berry Gordy and Mary Wilson.

The four Aussies, who formed Human Nature in high school in Sydney, next have tour dates in Florida, then a national tour Down Under. “We are eternally grateful for Human Nature’s time at Imperial Palace,” said Adam Steck, founder and CEO of SPI Entertainment Inc., in a statement. (SPI Entertainment represents Human Nature and Thunder From Down Under, among others.)

“The opportunity to perform at such a legendary location, at the center of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, helped catapult the group to the success they have today. We are very thankful to all of the people with Caesars Entertainment and Imperial Palace for their continued support through the years.”

In two decades, Human Nature has released nine albums, five of which went to #1 in Australia, and have garnered 23 platinum awards, 70 Top 40 hits and five Top 10 hits. They opened for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson in Europe and Australia, performed the Australian national anthem at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

I saw Human Nature three times during their Strip run, and their voices (especially spectacular a cappella and in harmony), choreography, charisma and showmanship never waned. Best wishes and continued success to the four talented mates!

Don Chareunsy is editor of and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of

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