By Fraser Lewry
Aerosmith’s first tour van has been found abandoned in woods near Chesterfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, about 110 miles west of Boston.
The 1964 International Harvester Metro van was tracked down by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the hosts of American Pickers, a reality television series shown on The History Channel.
The van’s authenticity was confirmed by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and by Ray Tabano, a founding member of Aerosmith. Tabano was in the band from 1970 to 1972, before being replaced by Brad Whitford.
“I’m afraid to say how long it is, but it’s been like 40 years since we’ve been in this thing,” said Tabano on the show. “We’d drive from Boston up to New Hampshire for $125. Then after the gas, the tolls, and the food and back, we’d all make like $3 apiece.
“It just reminded me of the humble beginnings and I look at where [the band has] gone today it’s just amazing,”
How the van came to be in the woods is unclear, although the property owner claimed he originally purchased the land from “someone with a connection to Aerosmith.”
Wolfe and Fritz paid $25,000 to buy the van from its current owner, Wolfe referring to the purchase as “a piece of American rock’n’roll history.”