- 22 Mar 23
Ahead of her 3Olympia show in April, Delta Goodrem talks about her excitement about performing in Europe again while looking back over her 20 year long career.
It's been twenty years since the Australian singer and actress Delta Goodrem first came out with her debut album Innocent Eyes. Now, she's on her way to Dublin as a part of a tour celebrating her prolific career.
Titled after her soon to be released single, Hearts on the Run, the tour will span Europe and the UK. Starting the momentous tour is a date at 3Olympia Theatre on April 4th. While not her first time in Europe, it will be her first time performing in Ireland.
Either way, in an interview with the amazing singer and actress, Delta certainly agrees that her return to Europe is a highly anticipated one.
"It’s been a long time coming to get back over to do a European tour. I’m very excited to get back over there, do a great show, and see a lot of people I have been missing," she exclaimed.
"I cannot remember the last time I was over there. That means it’s been way too long. I think this is a fantastic time that shows people just want to come and have a celebration. I’m so grateful that this is the time now. It’s been twenty years since my first record and being able to come over and see some smiling faces."
Enthusiastic about the prospect of simply connecting with people through her music, there's no one country she's excited to visit. Although she does affirm Ireland is a special place to her.
"Ireland has a great place in my heart. I am heading over there and I’ve got a lot of friends there."
As excited as she is to revisit the places she first toured when she started her career, in addition to visiting some new ones, Delta stresses that it's not what she enjoys most about touring.
"More importantly, it’s always about the people. I’m excited just to see and hear everyone sing along."
While the tour is named after Hearts on the Run, it will feature music spanning the Australian artist's entire career. Signing to Sony Music when she was 15, Delta has since built up an impressive catalogue with 17 top-10 Australian hits and five #1 albums.
Her debut album Innocent Eyes on it's own was one of the highest-selling debut albums in Australian history. Not only did it top the Australian Albums Charts, but it spent 29 weeks at #1 in the country and reached platinum status 23 times in sales.
20 years of Innocent Eyes 🏻 pic.twitter.com/i0A2a7VcNE
— Delta Goodrem (@DeltaGoodrem) March 18, 2023
Later this year, Delta is set to have a 20th Anniversary tour of Innocent Eyes in her home country, but for now the Hearts on the Run tour will feature "all the hits from the different records so there will be all the songs people know."
"At my shows I tend to basically say that we have spontaneous moments," the pop singer added. The goal of her sets is to have fun and sing songs that people want to hear.
Asked what her favourite crowd response has been, Delta thought for a moment before smiling and shrugging.
"I love all of it. I love when you hear Lost Without You and you stop the song and they’re all singing Lost Without You. I encourage people to dance and sing."
Live shows come with their own element of surprise, something the pop-rock star looks forward to.
"There’s a song, Solid Gold, I always enjoy everybody doing the wave. I enjoy the spontaneity of getting challenged by a B-side or a deep-cut and saying 'How about you sing this one?'"
Laughing, Delta animatedly recalls that occasionally that you just go "'Which song?' Sometimes I don’t even remember that I wrote that song!"
Just over 2 weeks until my shows in the UK and EUROPE 💞💞 Don’t miss out on tickets: https://t.co/ntiXlbk6RM pic.twitter.com/ZRX4QG3SSY
— Delta Goodrem (@DeltaGoodrem) March 19, 2023
Delta soon disclosed that the tour name, Hearts on the Run, is influenced by more than just the "very, very soon" to be released single. Seeing the energy of a post-COVID world, Delta expressed admiration for the drive behind the human spirit.
"I love the idea that I think that the world’s opened up, that there’s a real energy for people on the run. They’re like: 'We’re going.' "People are adventuring, ready to travel, borders are open. I think that energy of morning motivation inspired the song."
"It’s kind of been the inspiration for my life right now which is giving that motivation to say 'keep going.' Everyone’s paces have started to pop since the world opening. And I got inspiration from that to say a motivated song of 'keep going, keep going, keep going.' Y’know?"
"Run, run like a rocket. Keep going," Delta advises. "My heart is sort of how I lead my life and I love that there’s a group of hearts that I’m running with: my band and my team, we get on the bus and we run with our hearts and we sing with them too."
It's certainly a piece of advice Delta has taken to heart. She's been travelling for a while now, coming off a tour through North America where she supported Backstreet Boys on their DNA World Tour.
Her band enjoyed the experience too - her guitarists, she said, would "jump out the front, have a rock and roll, so that was a great time."
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Looking back to the beginning of her career and at her first record, all Delta can say is that she's grateful for Innocent Eyes.
"When I started, music was always what I wanted to do. Music was a part of my heart. I was singing and acting from the time I came into the world. My mom would tell you I started singing before I could speak. Basically, then, I look back at that record and treasure the moment, even though it was an extreme moment for me, since I broke a lot of records in my home country."
"I’m grateful that people still to this day sing along to those songs and that those songs meant something to somebody - whether it was big or small, it was a part of their life. That’s all you can ask for as a musician. So twenty years later, to still be singing them? It’s an honour. It’s a very special gift to be able to do that and I’m grateful for that. I treasure it."
Find tickets to see Delta Goodrem live at 3Olympia, starting at €42.55, here: