Savage Garden arrives in SA

2000-12-13 14:32

Johannesburg - An exhausted Savage Garden duo arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday ready to kick off the last three shows of their "Affirmation" world tour at the MTN Sundome on Thursday night.

Addressing a media conference, singer and songwriter Darren Hayes said he had been eager to visit the country and continent for a long time, but was disappointed that he would not have more time to explore.

"I would to get out of the bigger cities and into the more primitive areas to absorb some of the culture, but unfortunately there just won't be time," Hayes said.

"I would like to return to the continent in the future for a backpacking trip."

Hayes partner Daniel Jones was unable to attend the conference.

The Australian pop rockers will perform three concerts in South Africa.

Apart from Johannesburg, they will play at Durban's ABSA stadium on December 15 and the Big Arena in Cape Town on December 17.

The band sold 11 million copies of their self-titled debut album in 1997. Their second album "Affirmation" has sold more than 2,3 million copies in the United States alone.

Their positive and inspirational lyrics are included in hits like To the Moon and Back, Truly Madly Deeply, I Knew I Loved you and Affirmation.

Hayes said that although he realised there were a number of problems in the country, like HIV/Aids, he did not want be a politician or pretend to be an expert.

"I am a singer, a jester and a clown. My goal is to lift a crowd for two hours and to inspire through music, that's all."

Hayes said a highlight for the due was when they performed at the closing ceremony of the recent Sydney Olympics.

"Afterwards I was shaking. I said to Darren that we must always remember this moment. - Sapa