Same happens with the stripper they backed at New Cabaret Artists. Allan Williams - William Marshall, The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away, London, Elm Tree, 1975, reads:
p. 87: "...I kept driving away at the fact they had no drummer and there were no other engagements lined up for the next couple of weeks..."
p. 91: "...Paul took over on drums..."
p. 96: "...After the Beatles finished their week backing Shirley* I looked for more work for them. They got a few gigs but the story was always the same: 'When do we get another drummer, Allan?'..."
So, in the beginning they have no gigs for a couple of weeks. When, at this point, did they have no gigs "...for a couple of weeks..."??
Paul took over on drums** but they WANT a drummer. Why?? Because Paul wanted to play guitar?? Or because he had got A new guitar??
Finally they got a few gigs. Which ones??
Too many shadows after finishing Johnny Gentle tour (=28 May) and before departing for Hamburg (=16 August)***...
* Allan Williams names this girl Shirley. Why some sources name her Janice??
** According to George Harrison in Anthology book "...We had a stream of drummers coming through. After about three of these guys, we ended up with almost a full kit of drums from the bits that they'd left behind, so Paul decided he'd be the drummer. He was quite good at it. At least he seemed OK; probably we were all pretty crap at that point. It only lasted for one gig, but I remember it very well. It was in Upper Parliament Street where a guy called Lord Woodbine owned a strip club. It was in the afternoon, with a few perverts - five or so men in overcoats - and a local stripper. We were brought on as the band to accompany the stripper; Paul on drums, John and me on guitar and Stu on bass...."
*** Stu's visa is dated 13 August, and one of Paul's payment coupons for the Solid 7 is also dated 13 August...