By Andy Doerschuk Published July 6, 2010
Following John Lennon’s assassination in 1980, Czech Beatles fans and admirers began scrawling messages of love and support to the deceased rock legend on a wall on Kampa Island in the historical center of Prague. During the final years of communist rule, the wall became an occasional flashpoint between the citizens and police, who would deface the transcriptions. After 30 years and a political sea change, a former Beatle finally visited the site when original drummer Pete Best came to Prague to add his signature to the wall on June 29. Now 68, Best played with The Beatles from 1960–1962, when Ringo Starr replaced him.