We know Aerosmith are kind of party animals, but what exactly did Steven Tyler and company do to completely lose their entire first tour van in the middle of the woods?
CBS News reported that we have no idea what happened or why the band abandoned their original tour van. But History Channel’s American Pickers were determined to solve the mystery and, lo and behold, deep in the woods of Chesterfield, Massachusetts, they were successful.
All I ever find is mothy clothes, maybe cute pottery that is chipped. This guy just stumbled across the original #Aerosmith tour bus?!? I’m a wee bit jealous... #AmericanPickers https://t.co/RJVff4hZ4f— JC Snipes (@jcsnipes4real) August 10, 2018
Aerosmith’s first-ever tour van was featured on a new episode of American Pickers after being discovered by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. The 1964 International Harvester Metro, with the band name painted on its side, had spent decades rusting in the woods near Chesterfield, Mass. pic.twitter.com/PWiU4j9oxa— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) August 9, 2018
A resident of Chesterfield named Phil, who owns the property upon which the van was abandoned, helped Pickers find it. The van was abandoned some time in the 1970s, so Phil deduced that the van has been on his land for the entire time he has owned it.
This makes me so fa-klempt every time I see it.— Cheryl Familant (@Cher326) August 12, 2018
Fix this thing up!— BlackButton (@BlackButton4) August 12, 2018
The boys are happy those days in that are long past— TOMMY GUNN (@TommyGunnX) August 9, 2018
American Pickers to the van: “Hey! Walk this way!”— mary (@audreybenny) August 8, 2018
Van: “Dream on! Can’t you see I’m stuck in the woods?”
Just to make doubly sure, the Pickers called in a founding member of Aerosmith, Ray Tabano, to take a look.
“It certainly looks like it. Oh my goodness gracious.” Tabano pored over every inch of the van. “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.”
They need sell it to rock and roll Museum! So everybody can take a look at it!— Mike (@intothestorm71) August 9, 2018
They should bolt this thing to the side of The Verb hotel and charge upwards of $400 a night to sleep in it!— Ryan H. Walsh (@JahHills) August 8, 2018
Original Aerosmith tour van found in Western Masshttps://t.co/rhtPmJNHn2 pic.twitter.com/132VqNqn8W
Aerosmith's original tour van has been found by the History Channel show “American Pickers,” a “beat-up and rusted old van that had been pulled up from the dirt in the Massachusetts woods,” as the channel’s website put it.#DreamOn pic.twitter.com/PRnLtuG5W1— Mrs. Rutter ™ (@lindarutter) August 13, 2018
To take home the “piece of rock-n-roll history” they had just come upon, the Pickers paid $25,000 to Phil, the landowner.
The Pickers said:
If you had the opportunity to buy one of the biggest and most iconic pieces of rock and roll history for $25,000 — hell yes you would.
We feel that we agree with that sentiment. Dream on, rockers.