#74. A Nightmare on Elmwood Avenue, The Scale Bar, Feltham. 6.11.15.

A Nightmare on Elmwood Avenue flyer

 

Billed as a ‘Nightmare on Elmwood Avenue’, it turned out to be quite the opposite! A truly spectacular evening was to unfold with The Phantoms & fellow stable mates Fused, Chopper Squad & the DGC Choir all sharing the stage in lovely new venue, the Scale Bar (in reality, the old nursery)!
The night began with the DGC Choir, who get better & better with every performance. Starting the trend for Halloween related songs they began with a number from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ & memorably climaxed with a genuinely frightening rendition of ‘Monster Mash’ featuring the remarkable talents of Big Pete. Had to be seen to be believed!
Next up making only their second ever live performance were Chopper Squad (top work on the costumes boys!), who belted through a great hour of covers (inc. ‘Devil Woman’ & Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’) before allowing the crowd a brief interlude to grab a burger & mulled wine whilst watching the brilliant FGSSA firework display. Follow that Kempton Park!
With the pyrotechnics over all too soon it was time to return to the nursery and swap burning holes in our retinas for a chance to continue our quest to prematurely develop tinnitus! Next up, Fused, and the seasoned veterans didn’t disappoint, getting the crowd on their feet with their spooky offering, MJ’s ‘Thriller’, amongst many others.
So, with the event having already been underway for 5 hours at this point (blimey, it’s just like Live Aid!), it was finally time for The Phantoms to bring FeltSHOCK3 to a close.
The band opened their account with a trilogy of horror themed songs (Highway to Hell, Zombie & Monster) before moving onto their usual brand of crowd pleasers, finishing the main set with a rousing rendition of ‘Gay Bar’, with the lyrics ingeniously changed to ‘Scale Bar’ just for this occasion! How do they think of this stuff?
With the punters baying for more the band kicked into their trademark punk finale ending with a Ramones classic. It was indeed a Wonderful World! See for yourself! [And I’m pleased to report no-one was injured in the making of this video!]
Once again, it was great having ex-Phantom Paul back on the bass, proving for the first time to his daughter that he is indeed a rock god! [But fear not, Nov is due back on bass for the bands final gig of 2015 in a few weeks time].
The hardcore then partied on long into the witching hours, reportedly not knocking it on the head until 2AM! By which time the majority of the Phantoms were long tucked up in bed! Rock & Roll!


The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead vocals & keys), Kevin Rogers (guitar), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals), Paul Castle (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums & vocals).
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