Well, I saw Pete at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ last year I believe,
and this is what I have to say about it...
The band was tight and sounded great. It was a small crowd (small bar
anyway). But me and my girlfriend were at the front of the stage. It was
just great seeing Pete Best, a former member of The Beatles this close.
Watching him drum, I thought about his life and pictured him being behind
the drums while John George and Paul played together.
And I'm no drummer, but he sounded good to me. And very humble when he
talked on stage.
The band played all those early Hamburg songs, which I love. The lead singer
was just a great performer. He kept singing to my girlfriend, and she loved
it. I wasn't jealous. Man this was rock and roll at it's Best.
Afterwards, we saw some of the band hanging out having a beer while Pete was
signing autographs at a table. No one was was keeping him away from anyone.
He was just hanging out, seemingly enjoying himself.
We talked to 2 of the band guys (I forget who, the guitarist and bassist I
think?), but they were the coolest guys. We just hung out and had a few
beers and talked about Pete and the band and they were the nicest guys you
could ever meet. It even got to the point where I asked them, "Man are we
keeping you from anything?" No, they said, and we took some pictures of us.
They were telling us all about how it was cool traveling around and all.
They were just a great couple of guys.
We also talked to the lead singer. What a great guy he was also. I joked
about him singing to my girlfriend alot. We told him how great he sounded
and he said that when he first joined the band how bad he was.
That douchebag Lennon groupie David Peel was there acting as if he was too
People were getting Pete's autograph, but there was no one around him acting
like this or that. My girlfriend bought a photo of him pre-leather Beatles
and had it autographed. I took a photo of them. And Pete put his arm around
her and I said, jokingly, "Hey, Pete, that's my girlfriend!" He laughed.
I got a nice photo of me and him. I sat down next to him and asked him, "Man
you must have had a lot of fun in Hamburg." He looked at me and smiled, "Oh
He put his arm around me and my girlfriend took a photo.
He seemed like a great guy to me.
Maybe 11 years ago it was different. But when I saw them, it was one of the
best rock and roll shows I ever saw.
Post by John L. Mallette
About 11 years ago, my wife and I saw the Pete Best Band in Montreal. All
the band did was cover tunes and "money". Does he have a son? I ask because
I was told the band was based more around pushing his son's career. They
also were not very good. He played drums on about 2 or 3 songs. His
drumming was basic and minimal. We got his autographed after the show. You
would not believe it. His people acted as if he was still in The Beatles. I
told them that this is the closest I'll ever get to anyone that has been
with Paul McCartney! Of course, they did not see the humor in that. All in
all, he still is a piece of history in my eyes and I am very grateful for
his autograph which I had him sign, "To John and Elaine, All the Best!"