As the live beat of Beatles' classics begins bouncing off the walls of Elks Lodge, a New York nightclub, a man with a grey moustache stands before his drum set and speaks up in a Liverpool lilt.
"Let's take you back," he tells the crowd, "to the days when I used to play with a bunch of guys by the names of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison."
Meet Pete Best, the drummer booted out of the band just before Beatlemania exploded. John, Paul, George and the new guy Ringo went on to become voices of a generation, musical and cultural history. Best became a civil servant.
If there was bitterness - and Best says there was not - he doesn't show it. In fact, the 64-year-old drummer immerses himself in his Beatles past. He regularly bangs out the same beats he played in Hamburg and the Cavern in Liverpool. Only now he plays with his self-named band in the clubs and parks of Albany, New York.
Best is greying and a tad heavier than the leather-clad looker in old Beatles pictures, but he retains the unassuming manner ascribed to him as a young man. At the Elks Lodge show, he slips back behind his drum set after his introductory remarks and spends the set knocking out a beat with his head bowed down.
He showed up on a bestselling Beatles album in 1995, the first of three releases in the vault-clearing Anthology series. Though Anthology 1 deals Best yet another indignity - he is beheaded in the main picture of the cover collage.