Friday, June 23, 2006

Pete Best ready for US summer tour

The Beatles' original drummer Pete Best will be heading back on the road later this summer for a series of US concert dates. The Pete Best Band performs many of the pre-Beatles repertoire, including "Roll Over Beethoven," "Memphis, Tennessee," "My Bonnie," "What I'd Say," "Please Mr. Postman," "Searchin'," and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" -- as well as early Beatle tunes such as "Love Me Do," "P.S. I Love You," and "I Saw Her Standing There."

Pete was the Beatles' drummer from August 17th, 1960 until August 15th, 1962, when he was replaced by Ringo Starr. He claims that he hasn't spoken to any of the fab four since the night before he was fired.

Pete first got to know the Beatles prior to joining them, when they would hang out at his mother's teen club called the Casbah. He told us that the Casbah was the place where every body bonded with each other: "Y'know we identified with each other. They had their friends down there; there was Cynthia (Lennon) down there, there was Stu Sutcliffe down there. Y'know John (Lennon), George (Harrison), Paul (McCartney), Pete Harrison -- George's brother --- it was like one big family."

The Pete Best Band will kick off their tour on June 28th in New York City at The Laugh Factory. The mainly East Coast tour winds up with Best and the Band appearing from August 11th through the 13th in Chicago at the Fest For Beatles Fans at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel.


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