Private Party, Kingston.
July 12 saw a gathering of the clans (plus the odd gatecrasher!)
to witness the
celebrations of the Phantoms aged bass player. The lucky few (150+!) with their golden ticketís in hand
amassed at the Grey Horse in Kingston and were subsequently
treated to not just one, but two phantastic bands. On the night
the Phants were joined by Novís
other yokel band,
o'clock Cur(ph)ew, who had braved the trip to the big city
for this very special occasion. Once they had found a parking
space for their tractor they joined the throng to see the
Phantoms get the party started with a bang. An hour of the usual
Phantom onslaught followed with the amazingly up for it crowd
not just in fine voice but also getting full use from their
dancing shoes. So, onto the Phants highlight of the evening.
When Nov first had the idea for his birthday gig he asked if the
Phantoms would learn a Genesis song especially for him. He was
instantly told that hell would freeze over before the Phants
ever played a Genesis song! Well, welcome to hell! Unbeknown to
Nov, the band had been working on a Genesis cover behind his
back (quite easy when he lives in Cambridgeshire!) and so when
Nov stepped up to sing the phinal song, it wasnít the one he was
expecting! But obviously Jon knew the words! Apologies to the
many Genesis phans who were in but Jon seemed to enjoy it! So,
after a trip to the bar and a chance to cool off it was soon
time to reconvene in the feverish back room for the turn of the
Curfew to keep the
party hopping. Happy birthday Jon. And yes, the Phantoms
really did play ĎLand of Confusioní!
But donít expect us to do it again!
The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead
vocals & keys), Kevin Rogers (guitar), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals),
birthday boy (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums