Darren Hayes has returned to the stage in triumphant form, headlining the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
The Australian music icon performed his new song, Let’s Try Being In Loveand a mix of Savage Garden favorites to a sell-out Sydney Cricket Ground.
In front of more than 40,000 people, Hayes emerged from the darkness in a custom-made pink suit by Australian label Sass & Bide.
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The beat of the drums signaled the opening track, The Animal Songbefore Hayes belted out I Want Youa fitting choice considering Friday marked 25 years since the release of Savage Garden’s debut album.
Hayes then sang Let’s Try Being In Lovewhich he released in January — his first single since 2011.
He closed the show with Affirmationadding a dramatic pause on the line “I believe you can’t control or choose your sexuality.”
Hayes’ custom Sass & Bide suit — complete with silver embellishments and boots — appeared to be a nod to his former Savage Garden days.
Writing on Instagram alongside a photo of designer Marnie Skillings Hayes said: “Prince X Lestat X Sass&Bide”
Savage Garden’s name was taken from The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.
Hayes, who turns 50 in May, said the outfit was “hand made” which he was “literally hand stitched into”.
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writing on Twitter ahead of the performance on Saturday, Hayes reflected on the 25th anniversary of Savage Garden’s debut album.
Joining Hayes on stage last night was bassist Lee Novak, who previously toured with Savage Garden.
“Tonight I’ll be performing in front of over 40,000 people at the SCG for Mardi Gras. I am so lucky to have been given a quarter of a century of a career in music because of your love and support.”
This year also marks his 20th year as a solo recording artist.
On Thursday Hayes will release a new single, Do You Remember?
He is also set to tour Australia next year, his first concerts on home soil in more than a decade.
the Do You Remember? Tour will see Hayes perform music from his solo career and songs from Savage Garden.
“You never know how much you love something until it’s taken away from you,” Hayes said last week.
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“After almost a decade out of the spotlight and all this time in lockdown I found myself really missing the electric feeling that only a live audience can bring.
“After 25 years in the music industry, I feel like we’ve grown up together. To sing these songs again after all we’ve been through is going to feel like a family reunion. I’m beyond excited to return.”
Pre-sale tickets went on sale last week with the general public release set for Thursday.
Hayes and his Savage Garden co-member Daniel Jones parted ways in 2001.
They had two top-selling albums, Savage Garden and Affirmation with two US number ones — Truly Madly Deeply and I Knew I Loved You.
Darren Hayes’ Do You Remember? Tour is on sale from Thursday March 10. Visit ticketek.com.au or tegdainty.com for more.
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