Fourmosts, Pete Best Band, Merseybeats
RACHEL BANHAM There are numerous Sixties bands doing the rounds, but it's still rare to see a former Beatle. So it was a treat to watch ex-Fab Four drummer Pete Best at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.
There are numerous Sixties bands doing the rounds, but it's still rare to see a former Beatle.
So it was a treat to watch ex-Fab Four drummer Pete Best and his band, alongside the Fourmost and the Merseybeats at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.
Each element of the show had a Beatle influence – from The Fourmost's Hello Little Girl, penned by Lennon/McCartney, to the encores.
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Pete Best – replaced by Ringo Starr just before the Beatles made it big – seemed nervous as he spoke to the Norfolk audience. But if he was, he didn't need to be. Playing alongside his brother Roag in a two-drummer line-up, his band belted out a selection of rock 'n' roll, alongside early Beatles' songs like My Bonnie and I Saw Her Standing There. The Merseybeats kept up the pace, mixing their own hits with Sixties' classics, and it was strange to think that as they played Live and Let Die, its composer, Paul McCartney, was probably singing the same song in front of thousands at Earls Court. Still, the bands at Lynn did not disappoint, getting together for encores of Roll Over Beethoven and Hey Jude. They proved that the size of venue is irrelevant – it's the music that counts.
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