Vandaag is het zestig jaar geleden dat Paul McCartney en Pete Best, de toenmalige drummer van The Beatles, in Hamburg gearresteerd worden en nadien uitgewezen op basis van brandstichting.
Op de website The Beatles Bible vinden we wat meer uitleg: “At the time The Beatles were staying in the Bambi-Filmkunsttheater cinema, where the accommodation was basic and sanitary facilities minimal. John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe had already moved out, and George Harrison had already been deported from Germany for being underage.
Paul McCartney and Pete Best were to follow, but it was dark as McCartney and Best gathered their belongings in the Bambi Kino. As there were no lights they set lit an object – different accounts mention rags, a wall tapestry, or a condom attached to a nail – in order to see. There was no damage apart from a burn mark on the wall, and the fire eventually extinguished itself on the damp wall.
Bruno Koschmider, however, the owner of the cinema as well as of the Kaiserkeller Club, where the Beatles’ contract to perform was terminated, was furious, and told the police that The Beatles had attempted to set fire to the cinema. McCartney and Best were arrested, and spent the night in jail before being released. They were deported from Germany on the following day.”