#98. The Oak, Kingston. 28.6.19.
This gig was first due to be played on 1st June (unfortunately without our rhythm guitarist Jase who was unavailable that day). But due to an all English Champions League Final the event was rearranged to later in the month (thankfully with the band back up to full strength). Or so we thought!
More last minute panic ensued (reminiscent of the old Phantom days!) as another key member of the band (this time lead guitarist Big Kev) then dropped out at the last minute! It looks like we were destined to play this gig with only four Phantoms no matter what!
So, after a lengthy rehearsal the night before the remaining band members managed to cobble together a set they could do with one man down & the show was to go on. Again! At least the remaining band members would have a bit more room on stage than normal!
So, onto the gig. The intrepid Phantom (ph)oursome endured a bit of a slow start. It’s very hard to compete with a gloriously sunny beer garden! But thankfully the sun went down & the bands ‘if you play they will come’ philosophy finally came good.
Huge thanks to Lizzi & Rachel for at least giving us someone to initially play to, and then thanks to the two extremely well up for it lads (really sorry but I’ve forgotten your names) who then took over the baton to dance & sing along for the remainder of the opening set (once attracted over by the sound of the Arctic Monkeys).
Surprise highlight of the opening set was new song ‘Lola’ by the Kinks.
The interval gave the band the time to catch up with Kev the barman, who turned out to be an old Phantom phan from the halcyon days at the Grey Horse. Nice.
And so onto set 2. Straight off the bat the boys were joined on stage by one of the previously mentioned enthusiastic lads singing along to Wonderwall (which incidentally was about the only word of the song he could remember)!
Not to be outdone his mate then joined the fray, rising to the challenge of joining the band on the very next song, the Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’. Delivering a much more polished performance as he had the good sense to get the song lyrics on his phone!
More guests were to follow with old mate Sam (the keyboard wizard) belting out a truly amazing unrehearsed guest appearance on Johnny B Goode. Thanks mate.
So onto more new songs, ‘Girls on Film’ by Duran Duran (driven on by Phantom Nov’s fantastic slap thumb bass line) & ‘YMCA’ by the Village People (after a quick costume change). I say ‘costume change’. The boys just adorned a selection of vaguely appropriate hats! Well, it’s the thought that counts! But as expected, it went down a storm with the Oak crowd.
Sadly there was no time for an encore due to the 11 o’clock curfew. But to be honest, I’m not sure we had many more songs left we could play without Big Kev anyway!
Thanks to Ermir & Kev at the Oak for having us back & MASSIVE thanks to all those of you that came out to support us on this occasion.
|The Phantom (ph)oursome were: Mark Gibson (lead vocals & keys), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals), Jon Novice (bass & vocals), Alun Westoll (drums