Candid Photos from the Time the Beatles Played to a Crowd of 18 People
Unfortunately Leach did not realize that Aldershot was a military town some 65 km outside London. He also didn’t realize that the ad he paid to have placed in the local newspaper was never published. So when Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best showed up, nobody was there to welcome the lads from Liverpool.
The band did put on a show for the 18 guests in attendance, and made the best of a disappointing evening with dancing, drinks and jokes with mates.
“Halfway through one number, George and Paul put on their overcoats and took to the floor to
dance a foxtrot together, while the rest of us struggled along, making enough music for them and the handful of spectators. We clowned our way through the whole of the second half. John and Paul deliberately played wrong chords and notes and added words to the songs that were never in the original lyrics.” – Pete Best