With the Phantoms making their first live appearance of the year
on brand new turf they approached this gig with a slight degree
of trepidation, but they needn’t have worried as a fantastic
night was soon to unfold. The new venue was excellent, the band
played a stormer, the old faithful Phantom phans were great as
ever, as were the enthusiastic local punters, which all combined
to make a top night’s entertainment for everyone present.
Deciding that sound checks are for losers, the band crashed
straight into it with opening track ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’.
Immediately in their stride they unleashed a shiny new cover,
‘Crash’ by the Primitives, made famous in 90’s movie Dumb &
Dumber, which went down well with the well oiled enthusiastic
young dancing lads down the front. The pogoing was soon ramped
up to the max as the band segwayed into a punky climax to set
one. So far so good!
After a well earnt pint & once one of the inebriated youngsters
had been forceably removed from the premises (rock and roll!)
the band kicked off the second half early hoping to extend the
drinking time at the end of the night – a move that didn’t quite
The tried and tested old favourites (‘Common People’, ‘Parklife’,
etc) soon had the decent sized crowd singing & dancing along
with the band. Next up was another new one, ‘Stevie’ by Kasabian
which kept the house rocking (a rarity for the Phantoms playing
a song written this decade)!
As ever, when things are going well and the band are in the zone
these nights seem to rocket by & before we knew it, it was time
for the planned encore of yet more new Phantom covers. Firstly
the classic ‘I Love Rock’n’Roll’ & saving the best till last,
the highlight of the night, a rebel rousing rendition of ‘Fight
For Your Right To Party’ by the Beastie Boys (or should that be
the Phantom Boys)! It was great to see our once quiet & folk
music loving band member with a cap on backwards, rapping &
giving it some attitude! Hard to believe it took us 15 years
till we decided to play this one.
So, as alluded earlier, with the band thinking their work was
done the landlady of the
Royal Oak had other ideas insisting we
carried on till 11.30, resulting in an unplanned and unrehearsed
2nd encore of songs we thought we may be able to remember. As it
turned out, we could! What a top night & thanks as ever to all
those that came along to support the band.
So, had we done enough to be asked back? Well I’m pleased to say
that the answer is yes! After the gig the Landlady said she
really enjoyed it, our set was spot on and that her only
criticism was that we were not loud enough! Blimey. Really?