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The Pete Best Band



THE BEST 50 YEARS OF THE BEATLES

- Celebrations at
  The Casbah 2010


On 17th December 1960, 5 scruffy lads who had recently been thrown out of Hamburg walked through the crowd gathered at The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool to hear what they thought was a German band: direct from Hamburg, called The Beatles. Imagine their surprise when in walked John, Paul and George who had last played there as The Quarrymen, and Pete Best and Chas Newby from The Black Jacks.


What happened next should live long in folklore: the first place outside of Germany they played as The Beatles: they had left Liverpool as The Silver Beatles.


They were loud, scruffy, unconventional and fantastic: The Beatles had arrived!


Fifty years later, Pete Best was back at the house he can still call home, in the basement club his mother Mona had founded back in 1959. For one special night, on 17th December 2010, The Casbah was celebrating the birth of The Beatles in spectacular style, with the Pete Best Band reliving those days of 1960 with classic songs like “Long Tall Sally”, “Kansas City” and Beatles’ songs from that era like “One After 909”, “PS I Love You” and of course the song Pete recorded with John, Paul and George with Tony Sheridan: “My Bonnie”.


As he was 50 years before, Pete had his head down and was keeping the steadiest of beats behind his band and hitting the skins like he was all those years ago. The club was thumping, full of excited fans of all generations – well those that made it through the 4 inches of snow that had suddenly fallen on Merseyside.


There we were, crammed inside the Spider Room where The Beatles were launched, with the twist and shout, claustrophobia and sweat, memories and legends.


There was even a special appearance by Gizz Butt, guitarist from The Prodigy, who was in his element when he got the chance to do “Twist and Shout” with Pete and the band.


I asked Pete how he felt about the night, and he was really looking forward to it, though couldn’t promise he would make it for the next 50th Anniversary, but would try anyway!


David Bedford

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