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McCartney backs the Casbah

It is weird to hear Paul McCartney backing something fronted by Pete Best.  I mean Pete Best and Paul McCartney have not always been on, what shall we say good terms publicly.  It seems that time has healed some old wounds.  I don’t know if Pete Best will ever get the sit-down meeting that he would like with McCartney, but this is something of a start to mending those old pop culture war wounds.  It looks like Paul is getting very nostalgic for the past as of recent times, and is lending a hand to support Pete Best, and one the Best family/Beatle landmarks the Casbah Coffee Club. 

I would argue that the Casbah Coffee Club is just as important, if not more important, to The Beatles’ early success as The Cavern Club is.  Maybe it’s just that The Cavern Club is a little more well-known.  It looks like Paul would like that image to be a little more high profile too. 

I like the romantic image of seeing these scruffy guys playing in some house basement/club and making it big. It seems like it would have been a fun place to hang out, and paint the walls.  Oh, wait…they did that already.  The Casbah is on my list of Beatles places to see sometime in this lifetime.  I mean it is rare to see original Beatle landmarks almost fully in tact.  Someday. 

Here’s what we’ve read. 

Paul McCartney will appear in a new five-minute promotional film to publicize Liverpool’s legendary Casbah Coffee Club, which is owned and maintained by original Beatle Pete Best and his family. The Casbah, which was situated within the Best family home, was one of the most important breeding grounds for the “Mersey Beat,” and a key venue for the pre-fame Beatles. The Casbah was recently awarded English Heritage status.

Macca stated in a press release that, “I think it’s a good idea to let people know about the Casbah. They know about the Cavern, they know about some of those things, but the Casbah was the place where all that started.”

The commercial will premiere on Friday (May 11th), and will be shown at various places in and around Liverpool. In addition to McCartney and Best, the spot also features appearances by John Lennon’s first wife Cynthia Lennon, and the Beatles’ recently retired right-hand man and Apple Corps Managing Director Neil Aspinall.

The Quarrymen, featuring John Lennon, George Harrison and McCartney, performed at the opening night of the Casbah on August 29th, 1959.

Although McCartney and Best have had no real contact since his firing from the Beatles, he and the Beatles did stay tied to the Bests, due to Neil Aspinall fathering a child with Best’s mother Mona. Their son, Roeg Best, now drums with half-brother Pete in the Pete Best Band.

Macca allowed himself to be filmed for a recent Pete Best documentary, titled Best Of The Beatles, but his sequences were left on the cutting room floor after he demanded script approval for the Best family produced-film.

Pete Best first got to know the Beatles prior to joining them, when they would hang out at the Casbah. Best says that the Casbah was the place where everybody bonded with each other: “You know we identified with each other. They had their friends down there; there was Cynthia (Lennon) down there, there was Stu Sutcliffe down there. You know John (Lennon), George (Harrison), Paul (McCartney), Pete Harrison — George’s brother — it was like one big family.”

The Casbah periodically holds performances, and is open to the public for tours. The venue now also features a fully functioning recording studio. For more information, log on to casbahcoffeeclub.com

The Pete Best Band are currently adding shows to their U.S. summer tour. They’ll next perform on June 8th in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Dante’s Firefly.

Source: Rock Radio


6 Responses

  1. well done sir Paul!i think to remember some ex members of a famous group,it’s important!we know Ringo Starr,yes,but before Ringo,who was in his “place”?someone maybe doesn’t know,and that’s not good,because maybe Pete Best was considered in the early days of The Beatles the most beautiful one of the group,but he wasn’t only this!he was a good drummer,too!what i think is sometimes,in many groups when a manager or someone like that try to change people in a band,who was in a band before often is forgotten!but it isn’t right!because that person is still a musician,a singer,and forget him is like tell him:ok, man now your turn is over!we don’t need of you anymore”but in Pete Best case he must to be reminded because he has contributed to the beginning of The Beatles!so,it was a good idea Paul even return to Casbah club!i agree!!!

  2. I think it would be cool to see Macca hook back up with Pete for lunch or something off the record. If you compare the Pete Best version of “Love Me Do” on Anthology 1 with Ringo’s version on Past Masters there is no comparison. Ringo took the band from the lame Decca Tape sound to the high energy Star Club tapes level.

  3. seeing pete and paul together would be cool. maybe even ringo could bury the hatchet too. time is a healer. pete was a beatle too. there were 6 beatles. john,paul,george,ringo,pete,stuart sutcliffe.

  4. for Raj:listen,my friend i’m not saying Pete is better than Ringo!we allknow very well Ringo is the best one,but Pete was even good at playing drum.so,why Paul should meeting him just for lunch???(lol)they are musicians!which better occasion could be than this to start or restart something left in”stand-by”,in past times?i think if was still alive today,probably he would met stu (if he was alive too!).you know,i think that time heals but music makes people agree with everybody!…..and i think paul understand that!in my opinion,it was a good idea!!!

  5. for awc 1967:ahahah!you said it perfectly!!!but remember than ringo unfortunately comes after pete in their story!(how much i hate to say this kind of things:who was before or who was after!!!)but this story was in this way.but it could be wonderful to see them all six of them!as paul sang:”ALL TOGETHER NOW”!!!!

  6. for Raj:oh sorry,my friend in my message for you i’ve forgotten a name a precious name 😉 :if john was still alive today he would met stu!!!…and now you can continue to read my message…..

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