Paul McCartney to appear in promo spot for the Casbah Club
Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Paul McCartney will appear in a new five-minute promotional film to publicize Liverpool's legendary Casbah Coffee Club, which is owned and maintained by original Beatle Pete Best and his family. The Casbah, which was situated within the Best family home, was one of the most important breeding grounds for the "Mersey Beat," and a key venue for the pre-fame Beatles. The Casbah was recently awarded English Heritage status.
Macca stated in a press release that, "I think it's a good idea to let people know about the Casbah. They know about the Cavern, they know about some of those things, but the Casbah was the place where all that started."
The commercial will premiere on Friday (May 11th), and will be shown at various places in and around Liverpool. In addition to McCartney and Best, the spot also features appearances by John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon, and the Beatles' recently retired right-hand man and Apple Corps Managing Director Neil Aspinall.
The Quarrymen, featuring John Lennon, George Harrison and McCartney, performed at the opening night of the Casbah on August 29th, 1959.
Although McCartney and Best have had no real contact since his firing from the Beatles, he and the Beatles did stay tied to the Bests, due to Neil Aspinall fathering a child with Best's mother Mona. Their son, Roeg Best, now drums with half-brother Pete in the Pete Best Band.
Macca allowed himself to be filmed for a recent Pete Best documentary, titled Best Of The Beatles, but his sequences were left on the cutting room floor after he demanded script approval for the Best family produced-film.
Pete Best first got to know the Beatles prior to joining them, when they would hang out at the Casbah. Best says that the Casbah was the place where everybody bonded with each other: "You know we identified with each other. They had their friends down there; there was Cynthia (Lennon) down there, there was Stu Sutcliffe down there. You know John (Lennon), George (Harrison), Paul (McCartney), Pete Harrison -- George's brother -- it was like one big family."
The Casbah periodically holds performances, and is open to the public for tours. The venue now also features a fully functioning recording studio. For more information, log on to casbahcoffeeclub.com
The Pete Best Band are currently adding shows to their U.S. summer tour. They'll next perform on June 8th in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Dante's Firefly.