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Interview with Pete Best
« on: October 18, 2005, 09:23:25 AM »

Interview with Pete Best

October 16, 2005

More than 40 years later, Pete Best says he still doesn't know why the Beatles dumped him for Ringo

By BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2005/10/16/1264163.html

Was Ringo Starr a better drummer than Pete Best?

"No," the friendly Best said, with a chuckle of resignation, during an exclusive interview with the Toronto Sun.

"Some people might say that's just drummer's pride being the way it is. But being truthful, no. That's my own personal opinion. Others may voice their own opinion, but you've asked me my opinion and I'm giving it."

Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of the history of rock 'n' roll knows the name Pete Best.

He was the drummer for the Beatles but was kicked out of the band and replaced by Ringo mere months before the lads gained international fame.

Amazingly, there still has been no communication between Pete Best and the Beatles since the day he was fired. Not a phone call. Not a card. Not a letter. No chance meetings on the streets of Liverpool.  
 

"That's true," said Best, 64. "A lot of people might say, 'Oh, it's so easy to get in touch with them.' But when you actually put it in black and white, it brings reality home.

"Life goes on and you hold your head high. But I've done that basically on my own. Once the decision was made and the split actually took place, they went their way, I went mine, and there has been no sort of reconciliation since then."

Best continues to tour with his own band, something he has done since 1988, following 20 years in the British civil service. Best will play three shows in this area later this month (Oct. 25 at the Casbah in Hamilton, Oct. 26 at J's Place in Brantford and Oct. 27 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto).

Best recently released a new DVD, Best Of The Beatles, that tells his life story. It includes some shocking tales, such as the time Beatles manager Brian Epstein -- who was as openly gay as you could be in the 1960s -- propositioned Pete.

Did Pete's rejection of Brian's sexual advances have something to do with the ouster?

"It's just something that, yeah, it happened," Best told the Sun. "We were aware of Brian's gayness. The hit on me was made. It was rejected. People who were aware were like, 'You rejected him, you're in trouble.' Well, it's not my cup of tea. You do what you want, but you're not doing it with me."

Best does not recall there being any palpable tension between himself and Epstein afterward.

"Nope, not that anyone was aware of," Best said. "John (Lennon) and Cynthia (Lennon's first wife) killed themselves laughing, saying, 'What?' People around Liverpool said, 'You got (Epstein's) feathers ruffled because you wouldn't drop your (pants).' But look at it from my point of view."

Equally eyebrow-raising was Best's recollection of the night in Hamburg, Germany, in the early 1960s when the four lads from Liverpool tried to mug a sailor.

Paul McCartney and George Harrison chickened out at the last minute. So Pete and John jumped the guy. A scuffle ensued. They grabbed the sailor's wallet. But then they noticed the sailor had a gun in his hand.

"We heard this blast and we didn't wait around to see if it was a gas gun or a real gun," Best said. "We ran off."

Pete and John hurried back to where they were staying and met up with Paul and George again. Pete thought John had the wallet. John thought Pete had it. As it turned out, the wallet had been dropped in the panic and confusion.

"It had seemed so easy," Best said.

Obviously, any discussion with Best eventually drifts back to the same question. Theories have abounded through the years as to why Best got the axe.

"In my heart of hearts, I really don't know," Best said. "That's the enigma, the whole thing that is clouded in subterfuge. That mystery still prevails.

"There's at most only two or three people alive who may know the definitive reason, or would be prepared to say what the definitive reason was. But if that is mentioned as the definitive reason, it still is going to lay itself open to criticism. People would ask, 'Where is he coming from? What's his angle?' "

Best is past the point of bitterness.
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2005, 09:41:08 AM »

Is anyone else surprised by the story of the lads trying to mug someone in their early days? I wonder if Paul referred to that incident in Two Of Us, where he sings 'You and me spending someone's hard-earned pay.'
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2005, 11:59:37 AM »

Pete tells that story in his new DVD but it is somewhat spoilt by needless 'comedy' sound effects!

He also recites the story of John peeing on a group of passing Nuns from a 3rd storey window!

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2005, 12:53:04 PM »

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He also recites the story of John peeing on a group of passing Nuns from a 3rd storey window!

Even more surprised! I've long thought that John was the erratic one who couldn't exactly decide what he himself thought or wanted to be. I mean on a more spiritual and internal level. I think he was internally restless, and that was surely part of his creative genius. IMO. I once read that until the end of his days he was often thinking about religion, and whether he could decide there was any truth in it. And then there's the 'count me out/in' thing. But, it's a bit hard to believe that the same guy who wrote All You Need Is Love would urinate on passing nuns!

I'm kind of disappointed that our - or my - 'working-class hero' (who, according to A Hard Day's Write was in fact from a more comfortable middle-class home) could do things like that. Even in his immaturity.
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2005, 01:44:51 PM »

Goodness. Don't tell me you wouldn't have passed up a chance to pee on a (flock/herd?) of nuns in your wild youth. These were teenage lads let loose in one of the most decadent, rock'n'roll cities in Europe.
(and what about Mr Peace and Love beating the crap out of someone for inferring he was gay.)
And please, no more Saint John stuff.
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2005, 01:58:34 PM »

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(and what about Mr Peace and Love beating the crap out of someone for inferring he was gay.)
 

What's that story then?

And as my post implied, I've lost faith in that kind of thinking about John.

But it's obviously out of order to pee on anyone. Well, perhaps excepting the likes of Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, etc. You get the idea. And even then only in a fit of anger. IMO.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2005, 02:00:19 PM »

Maybe this could be a new post - Who's the real guru of love and peace in music?
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2005, 02:03:38 PM »

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But it's obviously out of order to pee on anyone. Well, perhaps excepting the likes of Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, etc. You get the idea. And even then only in a fit of anger. IMO.

You've got me there. For the record, I've never peed on anyone (not even in anger.)
Vomitting, now that's another story altogether.....
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2005, 02:11:16 PM »

LOL! There are people that get sexually excited when you're peed upon. I'm not to sure about vomitting there. Maybe we should ask our expert-member about this.

Anyway, I have heard different versions of this peeing on the nuns-story. I don't know how reliable Pete is as a source.
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2005, 02:16:13 PM »

Obviously I didn't vomit on anyone for pleasure. That would be sad. More a matter of neccessity really.
C'mon we've all been there. Funeral, middle of the row, awful hangover....
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2005, 02:19:50 PM »

Who's the expert member?
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Re: Interview with Pete Best
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2005, 02:25:52 PM »

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Who's the expert member?

Uuh, what's his name again? That guy that knows all about fetishes.
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2005, 03:09:58 PM »

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Uuh, what's his name again? That guy that knows all about fetishes.

Don't know, haven't been here long enough!
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2005, 05:30:45 PM »

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Don't know, haven't been here long enough!

Don't worry, I'm sure you'll meet him someday.
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