In the process, she left a huge hole in the heart of her fans.
On 20 March 2010, KL Life played host to Zee Avi's homecoming concert. It had been a long time since she had stepped on Malaysian soil, and this was her first time performing in Malaysia. The response, suffice to say, was overwhelming.
Reports from AirAsiaRedTix.com's Twitter feed showed that Zee Avi was mobbed when she arrived early at KL Life Centre. Talk about a homecoming to remember! Within minutes from the gates opening, the venue was full.
Zee Avi was going to be playing to a full house, and she knew it. From the moment she appeared on stage, the hall burst into raucous cheers. As she began to sing, a hush fell over the audience. Poppy opened her set, with the audience being spellbound by the emotion coming from her voice. This was quickly followed by Slow Hands, the Childhood, and then crowd favourite Honey Bee. Everyone seemed to know the song, singing along happily to a Honey Bee that had been shut out of its colony.
Besides her guitar, Zee Avi proved versatile. She tapped on a bottle for Bad Days, and then brought out what she called a "more appropriately-sized" instrument. This had the effect of making the crowd go wild, because they all knew what was coming.
Well, not immediately. First up was Just You and Me. Zee Avi's Malaysian fans are really into her songs, as they managed to sing this from start to finish with her. But then came the song that EVERYONE was waiting for, the song, as Zee Avi puts it, "The reason why all of you are here." There were screams and shouts of happiness as she began to play, but Zee's a tease. She had two false starts, stopping right in the middle of the intro to present her bandmembers to the audience.
Was that the end? No! She had another two songs before she really wrapped up the show, including Monte, which she came out to perform after the audience chanted for more. But before obliging them, Zee Avi stopped to present this lovely heartwarming early birthday gift to her father...
She closed the night with Monte, after the crowd demanded for more Zee Avi. It was a great end to a great night.
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