There are three former Beatles performing this year: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Pete Best.
Pete, of course, creator of the Beatles ‘atom beat’ which made such an impact on their return to Liverpool from Hamburg, was the Beatles drummer for two years from August 1960, the actual month when they adopted the name the Beatles, until August 1962, the period which John Lennon referred to as the best years of the Beatles.
Pete will make his only 2010 appearance at the Casbah club on Saturday 28 August.
Many people deservedly call the Casbah ‘the birthplace of the Beatles’, because the cellar club was the catalyst for John, Paul and George to re-unite and enjoy their first-ever club residency. It remains the only club indelibly stamped with Beatles history to remain exactly as it was when John, Paul and George performed there in 1959.
This incredible Bestfest, which has now become an annual event following the sell-out debut in August 2009, not only presents an actual former Beatle in performance, but a range of other unique acts from Beatles history.
Chas. Newby will also make a special guest appearance at this historic venue. Chas. performed as bass guitarist with the Beatles on their first return from Germany in December 1960 when their original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe remained in Hamburg. He debuted with the Beatles on 17 December 1960 on their first-ever Liverpool appearance following their Hamburg trip, when they displayed their incredible tour de force performance following their baptism of fire in Hamburg – and the Beatles were truly born.
Also on the bill of this year’s concerts is Earl Preston & the TT’s. This is an appropriate choice because Earl was once known as Gene Day and on that historic evening when the Beatles made their Casbah appearance, Gene Day & the Django Beats were also featured.
Two other classic outfits from the heyday of the Mersey Sound are among the other artists on the bill – the legendary Undertakers and the Delrenas.
There will be a matinee concert from 12 noon until 6pm and an evening session from 7pm until midnight. Tickets for either event are £20.00 and are available at www.petebest.com
Pete’s band are rightly called Best of the Beatles- and will now continued to headline Bestfest on an annual basis!
(Text: Bill Harry, Founder of Mersey Beat).