Iconic Aerosmith tour van abandoned in the 70s discovered in the woods
Aerosmith tour Van discovered - The discovery was made by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the hosts of History Channel's 'American Pickers'.
Before they were recognized as "America's greatest Rock and Roll band," Aerosmith was basically a five-piece band, also referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston", trying to make a name of their own in the 1970's rock music scene. In their endeavor to make their presence felt, the original members - Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler, Joey Kramer, and Ray Tabano (who was later replaced by Brad Whitford) - would spend their early days traveling New England and playing to smaller crowds.
This was almost four decades back. While a lot has changed since then, an iconic and nostalgic piece of memory attached to the band, which has been recently discovered, is their old tour van - a 1964 International Harvester Metro, in a dilapidated condition but with the funky cartoon man and the colorful Aerosmith inscription on the side still intact.
@Aerosmith Saw @americanpickers Last night discovering this hidden treasure from the Greatest Rock Band ! Really Cool -AMERICAN HISTORY now in the right hands ! Excited to see what the do with it. Hope Aerosmith tell share some stories around it on the follow up. pic.twitter.com/RkTe1F1tUd— KCONZ (@KConz20) July 31, 2018
The discovery was made by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the hosts of History Channel's "American Pickers" - a reality series following the antique and collectible pickers across the United States as they buy or "pick" various items for resale, for clients, or for their own personal collections. In their search for things from the past, this time around though, Wolfe and Fritz stumbled upon "a piece of American rock and roll history."
According to reports, the old tour van was found in the woods near a small Massachusetts town, possibly after being abandoned sometime in the 70s. As the 'American Pickers' duo delved further into history, in Chesterfield (100 miles west of Boston) trying to track down the owner of the van, Wolfe and Fritz realized that it belongs to a property owner named Phil. "This guy is deep in the woods, he's off the grid, and I keep thinking to myself, 'what the heck would this van be doing here?'" Wolfe says, inspecting the van. As it turns out, the van came into the possession of the property owner when he bought the land, where the International Harvester Metro was left.
Indeed retrieval came at a hefty cost - a whopping $25,000 for a piece of rock n' roll history.
Mike and Frank paid $25,000 for Aerosmith's first touring van tonight on the History Channel's American Pickers! It was cool the way it came together via a couple of phone calls. An original band member authenticated the van. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/9Vg0jl4uPS— M. Schlachtenhaufen (@SoonerScribe1) July 31, 2018
While those wondering about the authenticity of the vehicle, the 'American Pickers' got Aerosmith founding member Tabano himself to connect the dots. "I just flashed back to when we started the band," the former guitarist of the band said as he saw the van for the first time. Tabano further added that the van reminded him of "humble beginnings."