EXCLUSIVE PHOTO & VIDEO SPECIAL: Darren Hayes ‘The Secret Tour’ Live In Melbourne

DARREN HAYES has rocked Melbourne’s Forum Theater on Wednesday November 2nd to a massive sellout crowd. Hayes who touched down in Australia a couple of days before, prepared for the night of his life – the excitement clearly evident to fans who witness our Aussie dynamo deliver a range of new tunes, pop anthems and classic Savage Garden. It was labelled ‘The Secret Tour‘, a tour that signaled to the world that Darren was making a mammoth comeback in the music industry.
The night started with support act Brendan Maclean, who showed the crowd quite a clever way to use small instruments and hitting the notes via the keys on his piano. Maclean has been likened to that of a mini Rufus Wainwright – quite unique in his own way as Brendan sang tunes made famous by Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The crowd enjoyed what they saw and sent Maclean off stage at the conclusion of his performance with quite a rapturous applause.

Taken By The Sea was Darren’s opening track, he arrived on a darkened stage under an umbrella. The crowd now vocal as they welcomed home their favorite son.

Darren Hayes ‘The Secret Tour’ Setlist
Taken By The Sea
Talk Talk Talk
To The Moon and Back
Don’t Give Up
Bloodstained Heart
The Animal Song
Black Out The Sun
Break Me Shake Me (Bille Jean Mix)
Stupid Mistake
Popular / When Will I Be Famous
Hot Tub Blues – We Are Smug
I Don’t Know You Anymore

Crush 1980 Me / Spin / A DJ Saved My Life / Music
Truly Madly Deeply
The Siren’s Call 

Fans of all ages, young, old, male, female, gay and straight united in Darren’s music as the night became one huge party. We got hits like To The Moon and Back, Affirmation, Truly Madly Deeply and The Animal Song – hits from Savage Garden that are now part of Australian music history. 

We then witnessed the new side to Darren Hayes, new tracks from his massive smash album Secret Codes and BattleshipsTalk Talk Talk, Black Out The Sun and the big Aussie hit Bloodstained Heart. The highlight of the night had arrived, Darren moved to tears as he delivered the last note of the song, the crowd in awe of his vocal power… the man we know as ‘Darren Hayes’ was back!

The night continued to climax as we watched the many faces of Darren Hayes come to life. Sporting face paint and makeup, Darren waved his magical wand and gave the crowd a spectacular night to remember. We got mash-ups, the world famous Michael Jackson hit Billie Jean was mixed into the Savage Garden hit Break Me Shake Me, then Bros, the 80’s hit-makers made a cameo with When Will I Be Famous, mashed up into the Hayes hit Popular. It was quite a performance, from start to finish the crowd were part of the show, Darren engaging at every opportunity. Darren closed the night with The Siren’s Call, a spine tingling tune that fans were quick to embrace – what a special night it was, what an amazing artist.

I wish Darren every bit of success and hope Australia follows this great man through the next chapter of his musical journey.

Take a special look at my photo and video roll from my night with Darren Hayes!

Photographs & Video: Brian Peel
Copyright theaussieword 2011

Brendan Maclean in his supporting act prior to Darren Hayes

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