(Left) DeVitto shows his stripes
Former Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto has accepted the position of musical director for a new stage production entitled The Fifth Beatle. Written by Steve Petrie and Stevie Riks, the story chronicles the pop culture of the ’60s through the eyes of British soccer star George Best. Not to be confused with original Beatles drummer Pete Best, the footballer actually had little connection to the famous band, and in fact was dubbed “The Fifth Beatle” by a Portuguese journalist primarily because of his long hair. The show premieres in The United Kingdom in August 2011 and will head for New York City in September 2011.