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 &