Pete’s Beatles drumskin
On the 28th of September the Liverpool Beatles Museum unveiled the first Beatles drumskin to have the groups name displayed.
The bass drumskin pre dates any other bass drumskin or Beatles logo known to date. The Beatles were being kicked out of Hamburg, Germany in December 1960. They had been playing at the Top Ten Club which was the rival club to the Kaiserkeller where they were the resident group. The owner, Bruno Koschmider was furious and vowed to have them kicked out of the country.
Sensing the inevitable, The Beatles’ drummer Pete Best wrote home, asking his friend Neil Aspinall to make posters advertising their return, something Aspinall duly did.
Upon arriving home in Liverpool Neil presented Pete with a gift. He’d gone out and bought a bass drumskin and drawn a Beatles logo on the front. Pete was overjoyed. However, when Pete went to place The Beatles logo drumskin on his kit he realized it was the wrong size.
The drumskin languished behind a wardrobe in his mother’s bedroom for over 25 years before being discovered by his brother Roag Best.
“I couldn’t believe Roag had found it and kept hold of it. I thought it had long gone. When he recently told me he had it, I said it has to go on display. It’s a part of The Beatles history nobody is aware of. Who knows, if it had been the right size The Beatles may never have used their now world famous dropped T logo.” Pete Best
Liverpool Beatles Museum is located in Mathew Street in Liverpool, England, on the other side of the street from the Cavern Club. It is owned by Roag Best, brother of Pete and son of Neil Aspinall. The museum contains lots of original memorabilia and historical artifacts from the Beatles history, as collected by Neil and Roag.