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Human Nature singer steps back

One of Human Nature’s quartet has announced a big new move, saying the Covid pandemic put things into perspective for him.

Human Nature’s Phil Burton has said he is stepping back from the group after more than 30 years with the long-running quartet.

Burton told Stellar that he made “a family decision” not to join his bandmates – Toby Allen and brothers Michael and Andrew Tierney – for their upcoming Las Vegas residency.

The 47-year-old said it was time to return to Australia with his wife and two children because the pandemic had made him reassess things.

Fans of the group can take solace in the fact that Burton is not leaving the band permanently, and will join them whenever they play in Australia.

“When there are opportunities to play, they’ll fly here and I’ll jump back on board, and it will be the four of us as always,” he told the publication.

“Covid put things in stark reality – where do you want to be? Where do you feel at home? And Australia is where we felt the most safe as a family,” he explained. “I haven’t had time to think about what I’ll do next.”

The band similarly clarified on Instagram today that Burton is not leaving the group, adding that they are “rock solid” as a quartet and will continue to promote their new EP Good Good Life together.

However, Toby Allen said they will need to rework their live four person vocal arrangements for a trio as best they can for their upcoming gigs.

“We can’t take out every song Phil sang – there are some key songs there. We’ve started throwing around some ideas,” he said. “We won’t get a feeling of what it’s like to work as a three-piece until we’ve lived through it.”

Human Nature began their careers in 1989 under the name 4 Trax while at Hurlstone Agricultural High before signing a deal with Sony in 1995.

Their 1996 debut album Telling Everybody was a huge hit, earning them triple platinum status.

They became a fixture in Las Vegas in the late 2000s, doing residencies at hotels like the Venetian and Imperial Palace, way before the likes of Brittany Spears and Celine Dion made Las Vegas residencies a thing.

They were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2019.

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