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On Friday, Savage Garden performed at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg.

My friend and I spent the day at the fair and then were going to go see the show. We were in no hurry when they first opened the gates because we had reserved seats. The show was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., and we took our seats at 7:45. We were no more than 11 rows from the front of the stage. That was very cool because we could see everything perfectly.

At about 8:15 the stage lights turned on, the stage went dark, and the band and lead guitar player, Daniel Jones, took the stage. Then lead singer Darren Hayes came out. They opened with a song from their self-titled album, "Savage Garden," called "Tears of Pearls." After that, they sang their new single, "To the Moon and Back," which is also the name of their tour.

When they finished, they took the time to say hello to the audience and joke around a bit. They seemed extremely nice and had very cute Australian accents. They continued playing and also threw in some oldies such as "One of Us" by Joan Osborne.

Another surprise was their performance of a little piece of a song from the Spice Girls. They did a little rendition of "Spice Up Your Life." That was funny because their female backup singers/dancers had on outfits that looked like something the Spice Girls would wear.

Soon the guys broke into their debut single, "I Want You." The entire audience went crazy and sang with them, word for word. Then after countless songs more, they closed the show with their No. 1 hit single, "Truly, Madly, Deeply." They thanked everyone for coming, and before the audience flooded out into the still-operating fair, Hayes did a little piece of the song "Closing Time" by Semi-Sonic.

The concert was far better than I expected. The guys were great at hyping up the crowd, making sure everyone was having a good time, and had great voices. The light show they put on was amazing, and their costumes were very different. The Savage Garden concert gets an A.

Mariette Christopher will be a junior at Nardin Academy.

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