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Aerosmith's first tour van from the 1970s is found rusting and abandoned in the woods


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 Massachusetts.

The 1964 International Harvester Metro, which has a cartoon man and ‘Aerosmith’ painted in bright yellow on the side, was used by the band when it was still trying to make a name for itself.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show American Pickers, found it in Chesterfield, a town of about 1,200 residents 100 miles west of Boston.

The 1964 International Harvester Metro, which has a cartoon man and 'Aerosmith' painted in bright yellow on the side, was used by the band years before it sold out stadiums 

The 1964 International Harvester Metro, which has a cartoon man and ‘Aerosmith’ painted in bright yellow on the side, was used by the band years before it sold out stadiums 

Ray Tabano, (pictured) who helped found the band and played rhythm guitar before being replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971, confirmed it was the van the rockers used in the 1970s

Ray Tabano, (pictured) who helped found the band and played rhythm guitar before being replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971, confirmed it was the van the rockers used in the 1970s

The property owner said the van was there when he bought the land from someone with a connection to Aerosmith, which was formed in Boston in 1970 and has since sold some 150 million albums around the world.

‘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 wondered when he spotted the rusty vehicle for the first time.

Ray Tabano, who helped found the band and played rhythm guitar before being replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971, confirmed it was the van the rockers used in the 1970s.

‘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.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show American Pickers, found it in Chesterfield. It still had the band name painted on the outside next to a cartoon man

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show American Pickers, found it in Chesterfield. It still had the band name painted on the outside next to a cartoon man

The carpet ceiling of the vehicle was falling out and rust covered much of the interior after decades of neglect 

The carpet ceiling of the vehicle was falling out and rust covered much of the interior after decades of neglect 

Wolfe, who searched the United States with Fritz looking for neglected American antiques, said it is 'a piece of American rock and roll history'. The episode aired on July 30

Wolfe, who searched the United States with Fritz looking for neglected American antiques, said it is ‘a piece of American rock and roll history’. The episode aired on July 30

‘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.

‘We’d drive from Boston up to New Hampshire for $125 [per gig]. Then after the gas, the tolls, and the food and back, we’d all make like $3 apiece.’

The pickers paid $25,000 for the vehicle.

Wolfe, who searched the United States with Fritz looking for neglected American antiques, said it is ‘a piece of American rock and roll history’. The episode aired on July 30. 

Aerosmith pictured on January 1, 1974. Left to right is Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer

Aerosmith pictured on January 1, 1974. Left to right is Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer

Tyler, Perry and Whitford perform onstage at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on October 27, 2016 in Mexico City

Tyler, Perry and Whitford perform onstage at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on October 27, 2016 in Mexico City



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