On Thursday night in Melbourne, I flashed out my tickets to Delta Goodrem’s sold-out show at the ‘Wings of the Wild’ tour. As a fan of Australian music, I knew I would enjoy myself… but I didn’t realise how much.
In brief, she slayed my life so hard I woke up a changed woman.
I was shaking my head in disbelief all night. I knew she was good, but seeing her in person was a whole new experience. She’s like a superhuman. Her talent should be illegal.
People simply love Delta. Fans shouted ‘I love you’ at every opportunity. And you know what? She always said it back. Delta was actively listening. I’m a silent spectator and I caught myself ‘woo-ing’ a few times. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment when you know she can hear you.
Delta is dedicated to engaging her audience and proved it when she walked to the back of the arena to perform a metre away from lucky fans. She also invited the audience to participate during ‘Just Call’ by creating a dance and teaching it to the crowd.
While she was up the back, Molly Meldrum crashed her set and asked her to repeat one of the songs. It got slightly awkward when Molly yelled ‘just play the f*cking song’ straight into the microphone. Since Delta is family-friendly, I’m sure many parents were shielding their children’s ears – but who cares, it’s MOLLY!
It’s crazy how many lyrics you’ll remember from years ago. I found out fairly quickly as Delta delivered many old hits, balanced with tracks from her #1 album ‘Wings of the Wild’. As you can imagine, the throwback singles had the audience going crazy, especially during ‘Predictable’, ‘Believe Again’ and ‘Innocent Eyes’.
Can you believe that Delta has been in our lives for 15 years? She's accomplished a lot, including starring as Grizabella in the 2015-2016 Australian production of Cats. To mark this, Delta sung ‘Memory’. The performance moved the audience so much she received a standing ovation.
Fans flew into Australia from across the world to see the show and I understand why. As she adds more achievements to her extensive career, she grows her ‘tribe’. She’s about to star on House Husbands soon, which will be another viewership she’ll engage with. A true Australian pop queen… or entertainment queen… I can’t put my finger on it.
If you need me this weekend, I’ll be at home watching Delta music videos. I think I’ll start with ‘Born To Try’.