#58. The Grey Horse Pub, Kingston. 1.12.12.

Der dum, der dum, der der der der, der der der der, etc, etc!

The Phantoms, with a little help from JB & The Wolfmen (& not forgetting the 100+ strong crowd!) got the 2012 festive season off to a flyer at the Grey Horse in Kingston. Only about a month previously both bands had played to only a handful of hard core phans so it was great to see the venue bursting this time round. The Wolfmen kicked things off in their usual energetic style, seemingly enjoying their début appearance at the Grey Horse & getting a good reception from those we could pry away from the bar. Next up, the Phantoms. After a steady first set the band were amused during the interval to get a ticking off from the northerners in the crowd for mispronouncing the lyrics to ‘I Bet You Look Good Dancefloor’ in our posh southern accents. Apparently there’s no ‘r’ in darnce! Fook off! With the cricket club AGM over (you had to be there!), onto set 2, where the Phantoms were soon turning the screw, whipping the crowd up to a frenzy of dancing and singing along to the onslaught of seemingly endless guaranteed crowd pleaser's. Much fun was had by all & then with the end in sight, following the bands rendition of the Clash classic, our lead singer foolishly asked the crowd if the Phants should ‘stay or should we go’! What was he thinking! Obviously the reply from the sizeable crowd was a massive ‘go’ shouted back in unison. You are all so funny! Obviously we chose to ignore that, and a good thing we did! Previously the Phantoms have ended the seasonal show with a Gary Glitter xmas fav, which not surprisingly this year we decided to give a miss! But never the less, it was time to get festive! Following a midweek shopping trip to the lovely Feltham Poundland, Gibbo then got busy tossing Christmas hats into the crowd with gay abandon & it was time for the finale. For some reason the Phantoms had not played ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ for 12 years after it’s one & only airing at the bands second ever gig! In fact, the last time we played it, Rocking Johnny Wolfman was actually Rocking Johnny Phantom! But from the reception it got, you can expect to hear this again sometime in the phuture (probably this time next year)! At the end of the night the condensation was pouring down the walls, always a good sign! Oh, and after the gig one particularly pregnant Phant Phan told us that the bump’s favourite song of the night was ‘Parklife’ which apparently had the little fella tapping his feet. Our youngest Phan at minus 3 months! Nice! Thanks to all of you for helping make it a great night, have a top Christmas & see you all again sometime next year! x

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