#38. The Grey Horse Pub, Kingston. 13.09.08.
More magic was to ensue. The early songs went well, apart from Al & Bri forgetting which songs they had each agreed to sing! Things then began to hot up as the crowd responded fantastically well to ‘Molly’s Chambers’ & a great rendition of ‘My Generation’ featuring Jon’s faultless reworked bass solo. ‘Chelsea Dagger’ & ‘I’m a Believer’ saw the ever more frenzied Phans in fine voice and then all the bands credibility was instantly evaporated (like they ever had any!) when Al delivered a kazoo solo in ‘Let’s Stick Together’! Actually the crowd loved it and it sounded surprisingly good (so the Phans told us after the show)! The only downside was our drummer nearly drowning in his own spit whilst trying to drum & kazoo at the same time! It was then time for another special guest to join the band on stage. Big Kev Rogers (previously of fellow Feltham band ‘Fused’) stepped up to crank out the lead line to an anthemic rendition of ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol. Nice one Kev. A quick encore followed and then the end of the evening arrived all of a sudden when the new look Phantom threesome ran out of songs they could play!
So, a potential disaster turned out to be another great evening. Having said that, the two absent Phantoms were sorely missed by all present and we can’t wait to get the full line-up back for our next appearance at the Grey Horse on Dec 6th where we hope normal service will be resumed! Though the members of Phant Lite™ will miss all that extra space on the tiny stage! BTW, Simon’s operation on his hand went well & hopes to be back in the fold soon, as does our front man Mark who is over the worst of it.
Big thanks to Gav & Kev for helping us out on the night (with little or no warning!), to the Zurich branch of the Phantoms Phan club for making the trip especially to see us (I hope you weren’t too disappointed!), to the brilliant dancing stranger down the front (whoever you were!) & for Jill (wife of Phantoms roadie) for managing to delay the birth of her baby (otherwise things could have been even more messy)! See you in December.
|The Phantoms were: Brian Spencer (guitar & vocals), Jon Novice (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums, vocals & kazoo!). With special guests Gavin Jones & Kevin Rogers (on lead guitar).|
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