EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson Gave Australia’s Top Band ‘Human Nature’ Its Big Break

Jul. 6 2009, Published 6:43 a.m. ET

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They were just six days into their year-long engagement at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas in a show billed as Smokey Robinson Presents Australia’s Human Nature, when they were hit by the news of Michael Jackson’s sudden death.

Australia’s multi-platinum-selling group, Human Nature, got its big break when Jackson booked them to open for his HIStory tour in 1997.  Jackson gave them another tip of the hat earlier this year when his good friend Smokey decided to bring the group to Las Vegas and produce a long-term show there.  Michael even gave Robinson permission to add a quote – “Human Nature Is Amazing – Michael Jackson” on all the promotional materials.

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"Touring as opening Act for Michael Jackson on his last world tour was an incredible break for us,” the band’s Andrew Tierney told exclusively.  “We learned so much from seeing him perform that many times and experienced things that have shaped us into the entertainers we are today. He was the ultimate artist and so inspiring.”



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