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Old Jul 29, 2006, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default Ex-Beatle says it worked out for best

Ex-Beatle says it worked out for best

By St.Petersburg Times Staff Writer

Published July 29, 2006

Pete Best is the unknown Beatle. For two years, he was the Beatles' drummer before being fired by the band in 1962 and replaced by Ringo Starr. (Him, you've heard of.) Well, Best is back. Tonight, he and his band play the second of a two-night stint at the Royalty Theatre in downtown Clearwater, the first leg of a 15-city U.S. tour. Times staff writer Robert Farley caught up with Best, 64, on Friday.

Q: How did you become a Beatle?

A: In August 1960, I got a call from Paul McCartney. "We've got an opportunity to go to Germany. We've seen you playing (with the Blackjacks). How about sitting in?" ... The audition consisted of six numbers that everyone was playing in those days, so it wasn't anything difficult. About 10 minutes later, I was a Beatle. And a couple days after that I was on my way to Hamburg.

Q: What do you make of the theory that you were too good-looking, and that the other Beatles were jealous?

A: I'll leave that up to people to decide on their own. It's one of the many theories that people have come up with. If it is, it's very complimentary. And if it isn't, I don't comment on it.

Q: There's a 1962 picture of the Beatles, you with sort of James Dean hair and the rest of the guys with the signature mop tops. Could it have been the hair?

A: There was no mention that it was going to be a style within the band. No one asked me to (change it), so I just kept wearing it up. If I'd have been asked, I would've done it. I'd done everything else. The leathers. The cowboy boots, you name it.

Q: What was your relationship with them after the split?

A: I played on the same bill as them in 1962, when I joined a band called Lee Curtis and the All Stars. Since then, there was no communication.

Q: What is like to have missed out on international fame, to have been so close?

A: If I turned around and said there are no regrets, I think I'd be a liar. ... You reach a point where it's no good reflecting all the time. There's more to life. It's very much about today and tomorrow. ... And when you look back, lots of things have compensated for it. I mean, I've still got my health and happiness. I can still go out and get slaughtered drunk and enjoy myself. I've still got a great band that is touring the world and getting great acclaim. I'm a great family man. And I'm happy. When I look back on it, I'm a winner.

Q: What can people expect tonight?

A: Big-sounding band. Six-piece, double drum. This particular concert we do is very much '50s and '60s music that I was associated with. Standards. Stuff that we did in Germany. And there are some Beatles classics in there just to have some fun with... We want the crowd to join in, have fun.
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it must be so hard being pete best, always being reminded of what might have been. i imagine he's gone thru some very dark places to get to where he is now.

still, the beatles wouldn't of been the beatles without ringo.
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Old Jul 30, 2006, 08:58 AM   #3
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it must be so hard being pete best, always being reminded of what might have been. i imagine he's gone thru some very dark places to get to where he is now.

still, the beatles wouldn't of been the beatles without ringo.
I've mentioned this before, but I think it's worth saying again.

So many people who were treated so well by the Beatles turned around to write sleezely tell all books for their own gain or to hurt them in some other way. Despite even John admitting that Pete shouldn't have been treated in the cowardly way he was, here's one guy who refused to do the same.

At a time when Brian Epstein was racing around Liverpool trying to get back "scandalous" pictures of John with a toilet seat around his neck and anything else that might make the Beatles seem like anything less than wholesome, Best could have easily gone to the papers and sold stories about what went on in Hamburg for instance, but he seems to have never even considered it, even refusing to take liberties with the truth.

I have to say, he's a class act to have never tried to redirect the pain the Beatles caused him back towards them.
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Yep. He's a class act, for sure, having never squealed on the others when it would have been a financial boon for him to have done so.
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Yeah, he does seem pretty mature about the whole thing, very classy. When people do the 'tell-all' thing about something that happened or something someone did when they were 20 or some such, it always fries me a litttle because I know what I was like at that age (I'm in my early 50's now) and I was not very nice a lot of the time. We've all seen them: "I knew Dylan when he was eighteen and he was mean,' or 'Paul was rude to me in 1965 and I won't even listen to his songs on the radio.'
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