Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool

8.00pm, Sunday 8 April 1962 (52 years ago)

This was The Beatles’ 36th and penultimate performance at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool’s Hayman Green. The venue was owned by drummer Pete Best‘s mother Mona.

This show took place without George Harrison, who was feeling ill. As The Beatles were due to travel to Germany for their third Hamburg residency in a few days, manager Brian Epstein decided to prevent him from performing in this and the previous day’s shows at the Casbah and the Cavern Club, to ensure he was healthy enough for the seven-week stint at the Star-Club.

The Beatles played at the Casbah Coffee Club a total of 37 times between 1960 and 1962. The other dates were: 17 and 31 December 1960; 15 and 29 January; 12, 19 and 26 February; 5, 12, 19 and 26 March; 6, 13 and 27 August; 10 and 24 September; 22 October; 19 and 24 November; 3 and 17 December 1961; 7, 14, 21 and 28 January; 4, 11, 18 and 25 February; 4, 11, 18 and 25 March; 1 and 7 April; and 24 June 1962.

The Quarrymen also performed at the Casbah on seven occasions: 29 August; 5, 12, 19 and 26 September; and 3 and 10 October 1959.

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