The Man Who Put The Beat Into The Beatles
A review of The Pete Best Band 2005
Review by Chazz Avery

Stay tuned to Pete's web site for the band's tour itinerary

May 20, 2005
Maumee Indoor Theater
Maumee (Toledo), Ohio

If you have an affinity for the era of "The Savage Young Beatles", then you must see a show by The Pete Best Band. Pete and the band are currently on tour in the US and I had the opportunity to see them in Toledo, Ohio.

To be honest, I went expecting to see a good show but a show that would be little more than nostalgia. Indeed, it was a nostalgia show (in fact, Paul and Ringo's shows don't amount to much more) however, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this show was unique in the song selection. Nowhere else can you hear most of these songs performed by one of the original performers. I began to realize how privileged I was.

In addition, the performance was great. The band was tight and rocked out the evening. All you needed to do was close your eyes, let your imagination go and you were transported to the early 1960s. The band played the songs letter-perfect. Pete has chosen an excellent group of musicians

Some of the songs performed were late 1962 - early 1963 era Beatles' favorites. Those were nice but the highlights were the pre-Ringo Beatles songs. Those songs from the savage young Beatles days. Notable were the songs from the Tony Sheridan and Decca sessions.

Some of the songs performed were:

Please Please Me
Besame Mucho
Like Dreamers Do
Hello Little Girl
I Saw Her Standing There
Twist and Shout
Some Other Guy
Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
My Bonnie
Sweet Georgia Brown
Cry For A Shadow
Long Tall Sally
P.S. I Love You

Another highlight was when Pete took the mic to tell some stories about the early days. Actually, I was hoping he might sing "The Peppermint Twist" or one of the other songs he sang with TheBeatles but his stories were quite nice to hear.

Needles to say, the show was great fun and I had a fabulous time. As an added bonus, after the show, Pete and the rest of the band came out and greeted the fans, chatted and signed autographs. I found it to be such a great privilege to finally meet someone who had been a part of the savage young Beatles.

The day before the show, the local Toledo newspaper featured an interview with Pete where he talks about how those early days were integral to The Beatles' sound.
That interview can be read - here

So, in the end, if Pete and the band come to a town near you, you MUST go see the show. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. You will not, I repeat, will not hear many of these songs performed anywhere else. Paul and Ringo are both doing shows this year. Go see those but be sure to also see one of Pete's shows.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

NOTE: The photos seen here are not from the performance that is reviewed. They have been taken from various other web sites. Many thanks to those sites. Several folks took photos at the Toledo show. If anyone has photos and would be willing to contribute them to this page, I would be very grateful. Also, if anyone made any recordings from the current tour, I would sure like to feature a couple of songs here. Especially, any of the pre-Ringo songs.

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