Original Aerosmith tour van found buried in MA woods
09 August, 2018, 23:08 | Author: Dominic Spencer
"On the side was painted a cartoon man and the word 'Aerosmith" written in bright colors.
A van used by Aerosmith during a tour of New England in the 1970s has been found abandoned in the woods of a small town in MA. A recent episode found hosts Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe stumbling upon a dilapidated van used by rock legends Aerosmith in their early days.
While there, they discover a broken down vehicle with flat tires, missing door and rusting paint.
While CBS could not confirm the authenticity of the van, Wolfe and Fritz visited Ray Tabano, a founding member of the band, who was in a nearby town at the time. "I just flashed back to when we started the band", he said after laying eyes on the van for the first time in more than four decades. Tabano confirmed the van was used by Aerosmith as it made its way to gigs in New England. The properties owner said that the vehicle was there when he bought the land from somebody who may have been connected with Aerosmith.
Wolfe, who searched the United States with Fritz looking for neglected American antiques, said it is "a piece of American rock and roll history".
'This is it, baby, ' the rocker said, as he took a look inside at the rotting interior, with a carpet on the ceiling that was falling off. He was able to provide the television show hosts with a photograph of him in the van, saying it was a reminder of the band's humble beginnings.
When he arrived, Tabano reminisced about what he called the "rolling hotel" that transported the band between local shows.
The owner, Phil, was willing to part with the van - for a price. Proving that you're never too old to rock n' roll, Tabano was even willing to recreate his pose in the photo for the episode.
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