May 27, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2021

Offered is a collection of pieces from Bruce Hornsby and The Range concert tours of the 1980s. The group comes from the archives of the "Smooth Ride" tour bus collection. In addition to his huge solo success in the 1980s, Bruce Hornsby was a touring member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, playing over 100 shows during that period. Some of these items date from those tours. The group includes:

  • Promotional photo signed by Bruce Hornsby and Range band members George Marinelli, John Molo and Joe Puerta and Laura Creamer, accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentic;
  • "European Tour 1988" itinerary booklet signed by Bruce Hornsby and Range band members George Marinelli, John Molo and Joe Puerta and Peter Harris, accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentic;
  • "Scenes from the Southside Tour 88-89" concert tour program;
  • Bruce Hornsby "A Night on the Town" backstage pass, 1990, with Grateful Dead backstage pass adhered to the reverse;
  • Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby and Suzanne Vega "A Benefit Performance for the Rainforest" concert poster, Madison Square Garden, September 24, 1988. 18 x 28 inches, presents with fold lines, wrinkling and heavy creasing, but no paper loss. Very Good to Excellent condition;
  • 1980's Grateful Dead concert tour t-shirt;
  • Bruce Hornsby and The Range baseball cap, 1990.

Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection

Each item in the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. Her letters read in part:

Smooth Ride Custom Coach Leasing operated for over 40 years providing tour bus services to rock & roll bands. We began building coaches in our driveway in Red Hook, New York back in 1974. The first tour was with a band called Orleans (their big hit was “Still the One”), and we operated until 2014. We went on to provide tour bus services to dozens and dozens of different acts, including Prince, KISS, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan's “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Young, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, to name just a few!

The business originally started as “Land Yacht” and gained the trusted name of “Smooth Ride” in the early 80s. Our reputation grew, and tours just came in as entertainers found that we provided a better way to get from point A to point B. I personally handled the tour booking, tour contracts with the bands and management companies and our company financials. Around 1984, we started working with Florida Coach, who built custom coaches for us, and later we worked with Night Train Coach of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as many other custom coach companies, over the years. We stopped operating in 2014, as I was preparing for retirement. 

Bruce Hornsby 1988 Tour Collection with Signed Pieces and Grateful Dead Concert Poster (7 Pieces) (Beckett Certified)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $150
Final prices include buyers premium: $173
Estimate: $300 - $400
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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