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Human Nature’s Phil Burton declares Newcastle audiences are ‘great’


Human Nature has always enjoyed a strong affiliation with Newcastle.

And, popular member Phil Burton is hoping that adoration continues when he ventures out on his own in 2023 for a series of intimate solo shows, including one in Newcastle.

The ARIA Hall of Famer will present Songs That Shaped My Soul at iconic Lambton venue Lizotte’s on Friday 10 February.

“I’m so looking forward to it,” Burton said.

“What a legendary place, I’ve never performed there before.

“In Newcastle, Human Nature usually tends to play slightly bigger gigs.

“But, for me, this is brilliant.

“I love the idea of a smaller, cosy venue… I really can’t wait to get there.

“It’s funny, I remember when Brian (Lizotte) was running the catering, More Than A Morsel, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

“He made the best cookies you’ve ever tasted by far.

“So, I hope they still have a little stash of them somewhere at Lizotte’s because I’ll be attacking them hard.”

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Burton, who’s gearing up on 10 February to perform songs such as Soul Man, Hard To Handle, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, to name a handful, had nothing but praise for Newcastle music lovers.

“The audiences are great [up there],” he said.

“We (Human Nature) have a really terrific history with Newcastle, too.

“In fact, we were the first act to perform in the Newcastle Entertainment Centre when it opened.

“We weren’t Human Nature then… we were called The Four Tracks and we were the opening act for the late John Denver in 1992.

“We’ve also started so many of our tours there, either at the Civic Theatre or Entertainment Centre.

“I think Newcastle crowds are a fantastic barometer of how good a show is.

“They’re excited to be there, of course; they give you a really honest reception.

“So, if they are loving it, they go crazy.

“However, if they’re not, they tend to tell you with their actions, they back off a bit.

“Seriously, they are a good judge of how your performance is going.

“It’s such a wonderful place.”

ARIA Hall of Famer and Human Nature member Phil Burton is heading to Newcastle on his Songs That Shaped My Soul tour.

While Burton recently re-joined fellow Human Nature members Toby Allen, Andrew and Mike Tierney for a number of shows in Sydney and Canberra, he is keenly awaiting what lies ahead in 2023.

“There’s my own tour in February, of course,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“And, there are some Human Nature concerts planned around mid-year.

“The rest of the time, I’ll be looking for other projects to keep busy.

“You might see me pop up in all sorts of different places.

“I’d love to be in a musical, or something similar, one day.

“I used to do quite a bit of that when I was a teenager in an amateur theatrical society.

“That could be kind of fun.

“I’ve done a few shifts on radio, alongside former Bachelor star Brittany Hockley and Mitch Churi, filling in for Kyle and Jackie O over summer.

“I’d really like to continue that.

“It’s also fun… if you can translate all those stories and experiences you’ve had out there and tell people, it’s a great way to spend your time.”

In the immediate future, his focus is purely on Songs That Shaped My Soul.

“This is a real moment for me,” Burton said.

“It is such a different experience to be designing a show that represents all of who I am, sharing the music and stories of my life.

“The rider might be smaller backstage but there will just as much heart, soul and music poured onto the stage by myself and my amazing band.”

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