Pete Best was always thought to be the quiet type when he was with the Beatles, but that's not entirely true now. On the phone from Liverpool, he revealed he's recently joined in on Twitter (@BeatlesPeteBest) and Facebook, where he's a regular poster. His official website www.petebest.com has also gotten a facelift with a lot of added features.
“I'm talking to people and keeping in touch with them. We have times and we're back home again, in between tours and in between other projects, so it's nice to post out and let people know what's happening and keep the personal contact going,” he says.
“We've always had the website out there. Just over the last nine months, we've given it a tremendous facelift compared to what it used to be. We put the Casbah in there, we put the band in there. There's everything in there that you can keep up-to-date about. You can book the band. You can book the Casbah. Everything's in there,” he said. “We want more people to visit the sites, keep in touch with us.”
The additions on the revamped website include a new historical section with information on both the Pete Best Band and the Casbah Club, videos, including one of Paul McCartney talking about the club, tour information and merchandise.
He said he is aware of the vast internet network among Beatles fans. “It's great because at the end of the day, they're the ones who put it 'round all over the world. We do our best to get it out there. They're the ones who keep it going.”
Best says a U.S. tour is being considered. “At the present moment, there's talk about a possible U.S. tour,” he says. “There's talks afoot as regard to availability. That's the big question at the present moment.
“Hopefully, we'll try and cross the pond and get into the States before the end of the year.” New dates will be added to his website as they are confirmed, he said.
The lineup of the band is the same as on their 2008 album “Hayman's Green”: Best and brother Roag Best on drums, and guitarists Tony Flynn, Phil Melia and Paul Parry. And a new album is in the works.
“We're working on tracks to put another album out there,” he said. “The key question on that one is when we get the chance to actually complete it.” Best said there's no target date as yet for its release.
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