played there April 13 to May 31, 1962, November 1 to 14, 1962 and December
18 to 31, 1962. There is a big old church next door to the building complex,
across the street from the Kaiserkeller.
To find #39 you need to go through the archway to an off-the-street
court. It is no longer the Star Club. The original building has been torn
Back in 1962 the Star-Club was St. Pauli's largest and plushest music
club with two-thousand crowd capacity and cinema-style seating.
opened the Star-Club on April 13, 1962. The last concert took place
on December 31,1969, with the Hardin & York band from England.
The "Salambo" Sextheater moved into the building in 1971 until it burned
down in 1983, and was finally torn down in October 1986.
Today all that remains is a memorial plaque to visitors of the famous
Star-Club .... and of the Beatles:
Manfred Mann - Ray Charles - Equals - Rory Storm & The Hurricanes
- Tony Sheridan - Tremeloes - Nice - Eric Burdon - Everly Brothers - KingSize
Taylor & The Dominoes - Chubby Checker - Lee Curtis - Small Faces -
Spencer Davis Group - Spooky Tooth - Cream - Georgie Fame - Vanilla Fudge
- Gene Vincent - Searchers - Jerry Lee Lewis - Little Eva - Little Richard
- Love Affair - Brenda Lee - Yes - Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick & Tich
- Undertakers - Gerry & The Pacemakers - Jimi Hendrix - Donovan - Zodiacs
- Soft Machine - Bill Haley - Who - Chuck Berry - Fats Domino - Black Sabbath/Earth
- Move - Bo Diddley - Rory Gallagher - Rattles - The Jets - The (Liverpool)
Roadrunners - The Jaguars - The Beatles
GEORGE: We came back to play the Star-Club, a big place and fantastic
because it had a great sound system. This time we had a hotel. I remember
it was quite a long walk from the club, at the top of the Reeperbahn going
back twoards the city. We were there for a couple of months.
GEORGE: Little Richard (with 15-year-old Billy Preston in the
band) was also on the bill with us for our fourth trip to Hamburg in November.
By then things were better for us there. They had new Fender amplifiers
for all the bands and we had a hotel room each. Hamburg was really happening
then. . . they'd have four shows so they could get four different audiences
in a night.
JOHN: We used to stand backstage at Hamburg's Star-Club and watch
Little Richard play. Or he used to sit and talk. He used to read from the
Bible backstage. . . . We'd outlived the Hamburg stage and wanted to pack
that up. We hated going back to Hamburg those last two times. We'd had
that scene. Brian made us go back to fulfil the contract.
GEORGE: I'd have to say with hindsight that Hamburg bordered
on the best of Beatles times. We didn't have any luxury, we didn't have
any bathrooms or any clothes, we were pretty grubby, we couldn't afford
anything, but on the other hand we weren't yet famous, so we didn't have
to contend with the bullshit that comes with fame.
PAUL: Hamburg was certainly a great childhood memory. But I think
all things are enhanced by time. It was very exciting, though I think it
felt better to me a little later in our career, once we'd started to get
a bit of success with the records.
JOHN: We always talk about Hamburg and the Cavern and the dance
halls in Liverpool because that's when we were really hot muically. We
were performers then and what we generated was fantastic when we played
straight rock -- there was nobody to touch us in Britain.