Pete Best in The Beatles’ footsteps
On the 25th of October 1963, John, Paul, George and Ringo were in Sweden. Karlstad, to be precise and they stayed at the hotel “Stadshotellet”, and played at the venue Sunsta Läroverk.
It took him 45 years, but this 25th of October, Pete Best played there as well. Pete, of course, was The Beatles’ drummer for two years, until he was replaced by Ringo Starr just before The Beatles started their recording career in the autumn of 1962.
Here’s a swedish news report about the event, including an interview with Pete.
The occasion was the swedish Beatles fan convention. Pete used the opportunity to launch his new CD for the european market. The album “Hayman’s Green” has already been released in the USA, where the Pete Best Band just came back from.
It seems that the consensus in Pete’s circle is that he was fired by Brian Epstein because Brian wanted to exclude Pete’s mother Mona Best as the Beatles’ booking agent. He wanted to run things by himself and ‘Mo’ was in the way. To get rid of her he had to get rid of Pete.
The cover of “Hayman’s Green” is, in a way, Pete getting back at the Beatles’ Anthology 1 album cover. Take a look: