#46. The Grey Horse Pub, Kingston. 4.12.10.

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With the arctic conditions temporarily on hold, 110 hardy souls made the trip to Kingston to see the band at their now traditional annual xmas gig at the Grey Horse. All the boys (minus the planned guest sax player who had succumbed to the weather) met up at the Enjoy Cafe in Feltham to fuel up prior to the gig, feeling like Rock & Roll royalty as the cafe had only stayed open especially for us! Nice. So, onto the gig. Support act Roger Henderson began the evening in phine style in front of a good early turnout & was guaranteed plenty of encores as the Phantoms lead singer had gone temporarily AWOL!. But with seconds to spare he decided to turn up & the main act took to take the stage. Your favourite phestive covers band then instantly kicked into gear doing what they do best, and the happy throng were treated to a couple of fun filled hours packed full of sing-along favourites that had the masses dancing from beginning to end. Amidst all this, Big Kev set a new band record by managing to snap not just one, but two strings on separate occasions! Maybe blunter plectrums are in order next time round Kev! The new songs 'Rocks', 'Sex on Fire' and 'I Gotta Feelin' all got a favourable reception, as did our closing number, the slightly controversial choice of Christmas classic, Gary Glitter's 'Another Rock & Roll Christmas'. If you listen to the words of this song, now knowing what we all do, it sounds extremely dodgy in places! But the crowd were full of early Christmas spirit & all retired to the bar in good cheer with the sound of sleigh bells still ringing in their ears. The band are now going straight back into the rehearsal room to swat up on more cheesy Christmas classics & are already looking forward to doing it all over again in a few weeks time when you can enjoy yet more phestive phun with the Phantoms as they go ho-ho-home for Xmas at the General Roy Pub, Feltham on Wed 22nd Dec! And it's FREE! It's just like an early Christmas present! Phantstic!

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