#70. The Royal Oak, Hampton. 25.4.15.

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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 turn out!
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?

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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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