Lots of interesting things can be found in the woods, including legendary rockers Aerosmith‘s original tour van. The hosts of History Channel’s American Pickers recently discovered the van in the Western Massachusetts woodlands.
Aerosmith’s custom-pained 1964 International Harvester Metro went missing in the ’70s, as noted by Fast Company. But the show’s Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz found someone identified as Phil who claimed to have uncovered the van in the brush.
Phil told the American Pickers duo that the van was on the property when he first purchased the land. (A previous owner was affiliated with the band.) However, the hosts were initially unable to verify its Aerosmith authenticity.
But after further investigation to back up the van’s bona fides, Wolfe and Fritz were able to conclude that Aerosmith did indeed use the van back in the day. And the search involved a couple of very well-known musicians, per Fast Company:
“Finally, a game of phone tag that included Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, reached original Aerosmith member Ray Tabano, who helped the search reach its crazy conclusion. Once on the other side of this mystery, Aerosmith purchased the van from Phil for $25,000.”
That’s right, Aerosmith bought back their original tour van after it was found in the woods almost a half-century later. We’d be crying if it weren’t so amazing that the group won’t miss another thing with their old tour van, dude.
Watch the Pickers spot the original Aersomith van below.
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