Decades later, the van has been found by none other than the stars of History Channel's hit show "American Pickers".
According to CBS, the show's hosts said the van had spent years in the woods of a small MA town after being abandoned in the 1970s. A recent episode found hosts Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe stumbling upon a dilapidated van used by rock legends Aerosmith in their early days. For his troubles, the American Pickers hosts paid Phil $25,000 for the van, with Wolfe calling it "one of the biggest and most iconic pieces of rock and roll history".
While there, they discover a broken down vehicle with flat tires, missing door and rusting paint. When he arrived, Tabano was able to confirm that the find was indeed the rock group's original tour van.
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.
Founding member Ray Tabano confirmed that it once belonged to the band.
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"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?'" Mike Wolfe mused on the van's unexpected location.
Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
"I'm afraid to say how long it is, but it's been, like, 40 years since we've been in this thing", Tabano said, adding, "We'd drive from Boston up to New Hampshire for $125 [per gig]". The episode aired on July 30. "Oh my goodness gracious", Tabano said.
Luckily for American Pickers, Phil was willing to part with the piece of music history found on his property.