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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by keithb7, Jun 15, 2021.
These ladies use a VW bus .
Back in the day, it was two 2x12 Bandmaster cabs, head, and a guitar case in the back seat of my Porsche 912. Nice fit.
A friend used to have a green 2-tone VW microbus with residue from some mailbox letters that had been stuck on the side that said "THE IMPOSSIBLES".
Welcome and cool story!
Wait. You look that cool going to the gig, and then you stand behind a music stand? I hope it's a cool stand at least. Maybe a really cool suit would offset that.
I have my eye on a signature Joe Bonamassa suit and sunglasses. I’m just waiting for a $100 gig come along to cover the cost of the new suit.
I haul my goods in a Forester; the band trailer is towed by a 20-year-old Tundra.
One or two Bose L1 Compacts, depending on the size of area being covered, for PA, large hard sided Samsonite suitcase holding mixer, vocal harmonizer, Roland guitar synth, lyric notebooks, cables, mics, 6-way power strip with 15 ft cable, and guitar stand, guitar amp (DR sized), drum throne seat, laptop bag, 2 folding luggage stands with tabletop for one, and one tv tray stand in the cargo area of my 2013 Forester, and mic stands, music stand base, throne base, tip jar and extension "tubes" for the Boses ina hard case across the back seat, and one or two guitars in the back seat floor boards. That little Subaru holds a lot of stuff, including my fat butt!
Usually we use my missus blue BMW 118i hatchback - gets the pa, sub stands mics leads in plus my guitars.
But when flying solo I use my 18 year old Monaro, which I struggle to get everything in, but it's sure fast.....
The only vehicle I've had just for gigs was an 89 GMC conversion van. It was pretty nice. But I dream of a big old cadillac, 80s or earlier sedan deville. I think a trio or four piece could even tour in one.
This would be so cool
Mine was a 2010 Ford Transit Connect.
I transported the PA along with my guitars, amp, etc. Nice headroom, low deck height, sliding doors both sides, good fuel economy for a van.
I got it because our drummer's job sold his (company) Chevy mini-van and replaced it with a Ford Fusion. He had to load his kit into a pickup truck.
The van only got used a couple of times for gigs and then the bass player quit and the band fell apart.
I sold the PA when I realized that the band was gone and my prospects were nil. Since I no longer had to haul a PA, I bought a Buick, then a Volvo, and now I drive a Subaru.
Still, it was a nice (slightly noisy) ride, economical, easy to load and was very distinctive in the neighborhood.
Dodge Caravan. 20 mpg, hauls everything, cops think it's a soccer mom and ignore it, comfortable seats for a long drive. My 3rd one in 22 years.....
Hah!! I found a photo... and I was wrong... it was Mjusick vorse piepel.
PS Buckaus Rache was not my band... we just used their van and shared rehearsal rooms and band members. They were very generous that way.
...and I thought my "gigging vehicle" - '97 Volvo V70 - was old.
This vw Multivan does the trick:
These days, well -
"no particular place to go."
The band I played in about ten years ago used my 1984 Vanagon for a while. We were able to fit all of our gear and all four of us inside it comfortably. It had much more space on the inside than it looked like from the outside.
I didn't start using my Miata to gig with until the next band. In fact, my bass rig was designed around what would fit in the car. I could put a Gibson Fuzz Bass in the trunk and an Ampeg MicroVR on the passenger seat. I still use the Miata to gig with, so I'll have to take a picture of it fully loaded.
He also played in a band with Rick James. That's a pretty cool combo!
Its getting a little long in the tooth and that 454 burns some fuel, but its a cool ride.