ST94 is an ideal venue for the Pete Best Band. Making their third appearance at the historic Sellersville Theater, the PBB gave the Pennsylvanian audience a tremendous performance. Their visit on Thursday, June 21, 2007, had to be one of the best live PBB gigs on the summer tour.
Having undergone a personnel change since the previous 2006 U.S. Tour, Paul, Phil & Tony now handle the vocal chores divided amongst themselves. The Best drumming team of brothers Pete and Roag continues to fuel the beat. Guitarists Phil Melia and Tony Flynn as well as bassist Paul Parry complete the unit.
The PBB repertoire is mix of early Lennon & McCartney originals along with a collection of golden oldies that were hits of the day when The Beatles performed these songs with Pete Best behind the skins. McCartney would sit behind the drums when Pete stepped forward to sing a song so many moons ago.
Parry introduced Pete Best to step forward behind the mike to reminisce about his tenure as a Fab. Best recalled recording the German single "My Bonnie" in 1961, with Tony Sheridan on lead vocals. The Beatles musicianship on the track generated interest back home in Liverpool, which brought the Fabs to the attention of Brian Epstein who would go on to manage the popular quartet.
Pete Best was the original drummer for The Beatles from 1960 to 1962. Best provided the beat that would eventually propel the Fabs to international stardom in 1964. Best was invited to accompany The Beatles for their initial tour of duty in Hamburg. The Best of The Beatles reminds audiences what the embryonic Beatles sounded like before their music conquered the world's youth.
The Pete Best Band continues to labor in the Casbah Coffee Club recording studio on their much anticipated new PBB album. This group production is going to go a long way in rehabilitating the musical career of Pete Best. The new PBB studio album is a teamwork effort, reported to feature band compositions that chronicle a biographical tale of Pete Best.
Sellersville setlist: Slow Down * What I'd Say * One After 909 * Please Mister Postman * P.S. I Love You * Roll Over Beethoven * Besame Mucho * Hello Little Girl * Like Dreamers Do * Till There Was You * Long Tall Sally * Rock And Roll Music * Money * Cry For A Shadow * My Bonnie * Ain't She Sweet * Sweet Georgia Brown * Some Other Guy * I Saw Her Standing There * Twist And Shout * Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey * Encore: Johnny B. Goode
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A rowdy crowd in the theater
The Pete Best Band had the fans standing & stomping
by Timothy Tilghman