Singer-songwriter, musician, human rights campaigner and winner of nineteen Western Australian Music Industry Awards, Ms Abbe May, took to the Melbourne Zoo stage in support of Zoos Victoria's fight against wildlife extinction on Saturday, February 25th.
Armed with a leather jacket, mirror shades and a black Gibson, May quickly brought onlookers to their feet with her guitar-driven blues, sprinkled with pop and dance beats.
While Australians have recently seen a number of eighties and nineties bands reunite for live shows, judging by the near capacity crowd, Killing Heidi are one of the most anticipated of the year.
"What a beautiful day it is in Melbourne!", lead vocalist, Ella Hooper, excitedly exclaimed. "It's been ten years, so it had to be a beautiful day", she concluded before her brother, Jesse Hooper, launched into one of their big hits, "I Am". Also included in the set were two songs from Ella's and Jesse's duet project, The Verses — "Still Come Around" and "Monkey Mind" — which introduced a folky vibe into the mostly rock-pop set.
Ella's performance is as alive as ever. Vibrant and rockin', it was clearly evident she was enjoying being back on stage fronting Killing Heidi, especially during the harder hitting songs, such as "Superman/Supergirl", "Mascara" and set-closing crowd favourite, "Weir".
All photos by Carl Neumann.