#75. The General Roy Pub, Feltham. 5.12.15.
Back at the General Roy for the third time, it was the Phantoms
traditional start to the phestivities.
It was great to see the pub packed to the rafters from the off,
most appreciated by our support act on the night, Roger
Henderson, who was on the middle leg of a marathon UK tour
taking in Wales, Feltham & Cambridgeshire in just 3 consecutive
nights. Top work!
So, with the crowd suitably warmed up & the Phantoms full to the
anyone?) it was time to take to the stage.
It wasn’t long before the band had people dancing in every
available inch of floor space with the set 1 highlights turning
out to be the Beatles classic ‘Twist & Shout’ & closer ‘Parklife’
After an all too brief beer break it was soon time to get back
on it & the band were amused to see some old bloke down the
front fall asleep during second set opener, ‘I Predict a Riot’.
Well, maybe not! How can anyone nod off during that?!
So, undeterred, the Phantoms cracked on with new song, 80’s
going down especially well with the Feltham massive (thanks to
Super Phan Kaz for the song suggestion). Note. Be careful what
you ask us to play in future!
Next up, the band dedicated ‘Sex on Fire’ by the Kings of Leon
to our favourite barmaid Elaine, resulting in the Phantoms lead
singer getting the promise of cuddle! Although I’m sure he’d
probably prefer a cup of tea!
Anyhoo, a great second set soon came to an explosive end with
the assembled masses singing and dancing along to guaranteed
crowd pleasers ‘Time Warp’ (it’s just a jump to the left, etc,
etc) & ‘Right to Party’ by the Beastie (Phantom) Boys.
With the ‘up for it’ crowd baying for more it was time for the
inevitable seasonal Xmas encore, which after the distribution of
Santa hats to the crowd (or bin bags for the unlucky few!) went
down a storm. What a cracking finale to another great year of
All that remained was for the management to chuck out the band &
hard core Phans at about 1 in the morning. Sadly all good things
must come to an end.
A great end to a great year. Merry Phantmas everybody & hope to
see you again in 2016! x
The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead
vocals & keys), Kevin Rogers (guitar), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals),
Jon Novice (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums