#41. The 'Marquee', Feltham. 12.06.09.

Flyer for gig 41

After a few months of uncertainty, the new look Phantoms, along with a massive 5 other acts from the Feltham stable all took turns to entertain the crowded Marquee at this weekend's main rival to the Isle of Wight Festival. Stereophonics or the Phantoms - no competition! With our lead singer suffering from a nasty bout of hayfever (now I remember why we don't do these gigs on the field!) and the two new guitarists set to make their debut, the band waited nervously in the wings whilst the Woodcut Process & Gary Marsh:Solo set the early standard. But we needn't have worried as the last few months of hard work in the rehearsal room were soon to pay off. The Phantoms took to the stage & with a killer short set of Phantom classics up our sleeves soon had the tent packed and the appreciative crowd dancing and singing along! As soon as the opening bars of first song Cigarettes & Alcohol were ringing out, it was like we had never been away! With electric guitar in hand & a new found mastery of bar chords, Jason put in a top performance, unrecognisable from his acoustic folk alter ego. Other debutant Big Kev, undaunted by the chants of his adoring following played a blinder, even finding time to try out his new improvised intro to the Killers 'All These Things That Iíve Done'! Oh, and the older members of the Phantoms were OK too! The allocated half hour flashed by and it was soon time to make way for the main acts of the day with the crowd well & truly warmed up! Job done. We are now going back into the rehearsal room to teach the new boys the rest of the set & look forward to seeing you all at our return to the Grey Horse in Kingston on Sat 5th Dec (where we will be further enhanced by the addition of our long time keyboard wizard Jon Phantom). It's good to be back! Right, where's the Piriton?

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