‘All Around Me’ is released as a radio single in Australia.
The band kick off their ‘Future of Earthly Delights’ World Tour in Cairns, Australia (01/29/98).
While touring in Melbourne, Australia, singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan joins the band on stage and together she and Darren sing ‘Building a Mystery’.
‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ is released across Europe in early ’98 and explodes on the radio. Sales hit Gold status in Belgium, France, Italy and the US, and Platinum in the UK, where they sell almost 700,000 copies.
Savage Garden had their first #1 on Billboard with "Truly Madly Deeply" (which had the unenviable distinction of knocking Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" off the top)
Chart stats for 'Truly Madly Deeply':
Peaked at #1 in the US
and stayed at that position for 2 weeks, 17 jan and 24 jan 1998,
1 x Gold = 500,000 sales (December 22, 1997)
Peaked at #4 in the UK
and stayed at that position for 4 weeks in February 1998
1 x Platinum 600,000 sales
Peaked at #1 in Australia, April 6th,
and stayed at that position for 8 weeks
2 x Platinum = 140,000 sales
#7 on Aria’s end of year chart 1997
‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ becomes the most-played song on American radio for 1998 and is the only one-sided single to spend a full year in the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.
The Future of Earthly Delights tour reaches Asia. (Japan, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, India)
Savage Garden tours Europe (Austria, Germany, England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Portugal)
Darren and Daniel embarked on their first-ever U.S and Canadian tour aka the 'To The Moon and Back' tour.
Daniel’s take on touring the world - "It's an incredible experience - it doesn't leave you,"
"…We played in India, which is an incredible country, but the poorest person in Canada is extremely wealthy to these people. The stage set-up was about 100 meters away from the end of a runway at an airport, so every five minutes a 747 would come flying over us while we were trying to play and just completely drown out the whole sound of the band.
"The next night we jumped on plane and flew to Monte Carlo for the World Music Awards. We went from one world to the next. If you said you were going from New York to Vancouver you could get a grip on it, but going from India to Monte Carlo - one of the poorest places in the world to one of the wealthiest - you sort of go, 'I don't get what's going on in this world, I really don't get it…'"
MUSIC by FFWD Staff
Savage Garden with Zuckerbaby
Friday, July 3 Max Bell Centre
Savage Garden won 2 Australian Music Industry Awards (ARIAs): Outstanding Achievement Award and Highest Selling Album Savage Garden. They were also nominated in the following categories: Best Group (Universe), Producer Of The Year (Universe)
The duo wins 2 Billboard Music Awards for Top Hot 100 Airplay Single and Top Adult Contemporary Single ("Truly Madly Deeply"), and a World Music Award for Best-Selling Australian Artist/Group.
Savage Garden is nominated for a Brit Award for Best International Newcomer and a European Music Award for Best Song ("Truly Madly Deeply").
Savage Garden tops the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Pop Artist - Duo/Group (singles & albums), and with the Top Hot 100 Airplay Track and Top Hot Adult Contemporary Track ("Truly Madly Deeply").
This year sees Savage Garden going back into the studio to start work on their sophomore album.