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PostSubject: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:52 am

It sounds like a headline from The Onion but apparently it's legit...



The "American Pickers" have found a piece of rock and roll history right here in Western Massachusetts.

In a recent episode of the History channel hit, the duo of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz made their way to Massachusetts after receiving a tip that the original tour van of the legendary rock group Aerosmith was sitting on a property in Chesterfield.

Apparently, the van was on the property when the current owner, only identified as Phil, purchased the land a few years back. The pickers showed up in Chesterfield and met the owner, who told them the original owner of the van had a connection to the property, but he didn't have many details beyond that.

The pickers called a member of The Black Keys, who connected them with Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith, which formed in Boston in 1970. Perry connected them with Ray Tabano, a guitarist and founding member of Aerosmith, who just happened to be in Stockbridge at the time.

He drove out to Chesterfield and confirmed this was indeed the band's original touring van.

"It certainly looks like it. Oh my goodness gracious," Tabano said. "I'm afraid to say how long it is, but it's been like 40 years since we were in this thing. It was like a touring hotel... This is definitely the van. You found it."


https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/aerosmiths_original_tour_van_f.html

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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:37 pm

That's awesome; thanks for sharing this!
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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:38 pm

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It sounds like a headline from The Onion but apparently it's legit...

I was going to say it sounds like a headline from The Hard Times, which is like the rock-oriented version of The Onion. Definitely follow it on FB if you don't already!
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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:05 pm

I wonder if they found any of Steven or Joe's old 'stash' hidden under the seats? Very Happy

It reminds me of that scene in "Romancing the Stone" where they find the crashed dope smuggling plane with the cargo still inside Laughing very hard

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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:47 pm

That's awesome. Looks like an old Good Humor ice cream truck. Groovy!

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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:51 pm

That's awesome! (if it's authentic)

But Is that Mick Fleetwood painted on the side? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:40 am

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But Is that Mick Fleetwood painted on the side? Laughing

I think it's the original Aerosmith logo. I wish the photo was from a better angle so we could see it more clearly.

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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:47 pm

I actually caught the very end of the episode when it aired the other night. Man, that thing is "roached" as Mike and Fran like to say.
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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:22 am

Fat Freddy wrote:
Troublezone wrote:


But Is that Mick Fleetwood painted on the side? Laughing

I think it's the original Aerosmith logo. I wish the photo was from a better angle so we could see it more clearly.

The funky looking dude is a caricature of one of Aerosmith's friends/roadie from the early days and a take-off the the "Keep on Truckin' guy" by artist Robert Crumb.


He was also mentioned in the song 'Mama Kin'. He was "bald as a egg at 18" and "working for your dad is just a drag".

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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:18 pm

I don't watch this show very often, but I happened to be watching this episode. It was one of the cooler moments I've seen. Mike and Frank (the hosts) are old Aerosmith fans apparently, and were really geeking out over this. I really hope this goes to a worthwhile museum somewhere!
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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:16 pm

MetalGuy71 wrote:
Fat Freddy wrote:
Troublezone wrote:


But Is that Mick Fleetwood painted on the side? Laughing

I think it's the original Aerosmith logo. I wish the photo was from a better angle so we could see it more clearly.

The funky looking dude is a caricature of one of Aerosmith's friends/roadie from the early days and a take-off the the "Keep on Truckin' guy" by artist Robert Crumb.


He was also mentioned in the song 'Mama Kin'. He was "bald as a egg at 18" and "working for your dad is just a drag".

I don't know if was just the angle of the pic or what, but it looked like a guy with a skullett.
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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:22 pm

I just watched the episode on Demand. It's from the current season and called 'Rockin' Down the Road' or something like that. The first half, the guys are in Michigan, so you have to fast-forward a bit to get to the Aerosmith stuff. It's pretty cool and worth checking out.

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PostSubject: Re: "American Pickers" finds Aerosmith's first tour van   Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:09 pm

Iím a Massachusetts resident. This is such a cool find.
I think it should go straight to the rock and roll hall of fame.
The origin of a band. What it takes to get about. Classic.
Aerosmith said they played all high schools in New England lol -
By the way, that includes the winter months.
Those days seem long gone.
I tried to sell my Marshall stack - to a music store in town.
They said - no one uses them anymore. I was dumbstruck.
I guess they use P.A equipment clubs and bars have ?
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