True, we're not talking Carnegie Hall here, that stage like they said was very primitive with wooden planks just nailed on top of beer cases. lol After Koschmider found out they had planed all this, he became a little upset. lol
That's ok pothos, a lot of stuff happened there. It was like these guys needed a chaperone. Alan Williams must have been around for awhile because he's the one that took them down to the Akustik Studio to record that demo. But then he must have left and all hell broke loose. lol That's when Rory got fired and he went to work with Tony Sheridan down at the Top Ten. The rest of the guys stayed and worked out their contract at the Kaiserkeller. Paul & Pete got arrested for their burning the condom above the Indra when they went to retrieve their things. George got deported for being underage. John hid out and finally went back to Liverpool by himself and Stu went to live with Astrid for awhile. I don't think RSATH ever went back to Hamburg until they played the Star Club a few years later.
btw very nice pics brew. I'm amazed no one has stolen that plaque. Did you know the Top Ten Club is now a Pizza Hut! lol
When I was there in 1963 it was only the Star Club we visited for the music. It was a very professional set up. Adrian Barber [formerly of the Big Three] was stage maager, and it was a very well run operation. I don't think the Top Ten was hosting bands at the time.
I never visited the Kaiserkeller either, as we were more or less based at the Star Club. A few of us went to the fun fair at Heiligengeistfeld [where Astrid took the famous photos of the Beatles.] Apart from eating Currywurst, and doing some daytime sightseeing in the city centre, most of the time was inside the Star Club. Nice pics Bobber
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This was also neat to look around. Look for: 1) The Top Ten Club (now a Pizza Hut at 0:25) 2) The Beatles at 2:36(those would have been smashed by now the way women drive here) 3) The Kaiserkeller at 3:36(look fast) 4) that orange truck parked in front of the Star Club 5) finally the Indra Club at 4:30 and the BambiKino at the end of the street.
Also notice the good parking job by someone at 3:04 and people walking and standing out in the street when there's sidewalks.(?) I don't understand that one. Maybe that's why they lost the war.
Although the Hamburg period is fairly well documented, mistakes are still made. This photo appeared in a book by Pete Best, and edited by Bill Harry, claiming to show the guys playing at the Indra. The caption included the point that the lads were wearing leather before meeting Klaus and Astrid:
Well, whatever the truth about the leathers, that photo was not taken at the Indra; it is clearly taken at the Top Ten Club. Here is another photo from that same session, which confirms this:
The backdrop, and exact clothing match in both photos. Paul having the Hofner bass dates the photo after April 1961, while they were resident at the Top Ten. Interesting to see both bass players onstage at the same time. So even experts, even the guys who were actually there, can get it wrong.
Now this picture was taken at the Indra. You can see John has his old Club40, George with the Futurama, and Paul is using his right handed Rosetti Solid 7 that he bought at Hessy's right before they left for Hamburg. Maybe it was the curtain backdrop that confused them in the other two pics you put up? The pictures were taken about six months apart though. *Also notice as a group, they all have the same sport coats, shirts, trousers and shoes except good old Pete. Get rid of him boys! lol
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