#30. The Grey Horse Pub, Kingston. 2.12.06.

The Phantoms best ever gig at the Grey Horse! Playing their groundbreaking 30th gig to date, another record breaking crowd of well over 130 phans (many of whom had travelled from far and wide) congregated on the pub for the final time this year! Obviously offering free entry if wearing a Phantom t-shirt paid off! The Woodcut Process kicked off the party mood playing to possibly their biggest ever crowd (including one of their own compositions 'Cold Dark Night' performed for the very first time!) and it was then like Christmas come early when the Phants took to the stage looking fetching in their new matching multi-coloured 30th gig t-shirts. The entire first set was performed to the accompaniment of a hairy scary Scot's bloke apparently called ‘Jesus’ shouting ‘GIVE IT SOME F'IN WELLY’ at the band! Fantastic! Who was he? As a result of trying to ‘give it some f'in welly’ Si promptly snapped a string! Typical! Then, after a fight at the bar for interval refreshments and clamouring round the merchandise stall for a rare chance to own a limited edition phantom badge (still a few left!) the crowd returned to the now very sweaty back room. The band again took to the stage, this time with the assistance of our ‘special mystery guest’, Helen Baden, who had last sung with the Phantoms at the Hand & Spear Pub back in April 04. After injecting a note of culture for 4 songs, Helen departed and the Phantoms then descended into their usual full-on climax to the set. Not to be outdone by Jesus, some fat northern bloke then began shouting ‘Leeds’ at the top of his voice! New songs ‘Feltham Dagger’ (learn the words Bri!) and ‘Fix You’ both went down a storm, shame we cant say the same about our other new song ‘Air Hostess’! Though even that didn’t stop the likes of Chopper Harris & Mike ‘the hat’ Beckett pogoing like nutters down the front! A top night all round! Thanks for all your support over the last 30 gigs and look forward to seeing you at a Phantom gig next year. Rock on!

The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead vocals), Paul Castle (bass & vocals), Simon White (guitar), Brian Spencer (guitar & vocals), Jon Novice (keyboards & guitar), Alun Westoll (drums & vocals) plus special guest Helen Baden (vocals).
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