The Silver Beetles had a day off on 22 May from their Scottish tour with Johnny Gentle, but continued the following day with a performance in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
On the journey to Dalrymple Hall the driver Gerry Scott asked Johnny Gentle to take the wheel. Gentle crashed the small van into another car. Drummer Tommy Moore suffered concussion and loosened teeth when the group’s equipment landed on him.
While Moore was being treated in hospital, John Lennon and the promoter from Dalrymple Hall arrived and marched him to the venue. The heavily-sedated Moore duly played the concert, despite having little idea where he was.
We did OK on that tour, playing church halls all over Scotland, places like Fraserburgh. It was great – we felt very professional. But we were endlessly on the phone to Larry Parnes’s office, complaining that the money hadn’t arrived.
Years later I said this on a radio programme and Larry threatened to sue me, because his aunties had got onto him: ‘Larry, you didn’t pay those nice Beatle boys.’ That was a true shame in his book.