New member #1 here. I am not a lobby.
I think Pete & Paul were friends. Maybe not as close as Pete was to John, but you don't spend a good part of 2 years living and working with each other everyday without being friends. I have friends that can be real jerks, assh---s & losers from time to time. They are still my friends.
I want to see a "reunion" not because they were friends, but as a final added closure to Beatles history. I will go a step further. I want to see a new record too, with Paul, Ringo & Pete. An old time Hamburg style Rock & Roll song. An original or maybe just a remake of Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music". Maybe ask Klauss to sit in for Stu on bass & ask Tony Sheridan to help out as well. A one off song wouldn't hurt the Fab Four's place in history anymore than having Pete & Stu in the band at the beginning did.
That's a bit much no?
As fun as it might be for the sake of nostalgia, I think all that is way too much.
I mean why stop there. Rod Davis and Pete Shotton are still with us, have Paul bring them and the current Quarrymen, which includes Rod and Len Garry
and have a Quarrymen reunion fette in the middle of a giant stadium show with 75,000 fans expecting rock music?
Oh I'd be all for it, but I'd be pretty sure the Quarrymen would be met with the same reaction Ravi Shankar was met with during George's Dark Horse tour.
Nostalgia is great and if their paths ever cross with Pete on the drums at a Paul McCartney concert it would be neat for a one-time deal, but I think you are going a bit overboard by making it into a major event complete with a Hamburg style album.
As far as closure? I don't think closure really is necessary in terms of this sort of thing. Pete is remembered fine, now if he is hurting for cash or something like that, then I can see Paul reaching out to him, whether by choice or guiltied into it. There isn't a hatchet to be buried, it's a chapter in their lives that doesn't need to be revisited.
For both of them, that time is just one of those people and things that went before (to steal a line from In My Life) and yes, no matter how close you were for a two year period, time has a way of causing friends to no longer be that, no matter how much or little animosity may have gone into the breaking of the original friendship or partnership.
It's been 50 years, as Paul McCartney sings, let it be.