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

Offered is an RIAA Gold Record Award for the 2002 Weezer LP Maladroit. The album was released in May 2002 and certified gold by the RIAA on June 14 that year. Maladroit is Weezer's fourth studio album. Produced by the band, it was their first album to feature bassist Scott Shriner, following the departure of former bassist Mikey Welsh in 2001. The offered award is from the archives of the "Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Company", and is actually awarded to the owner of the company, Dominic Placco. The plaque on the award reads "Presented to Dominic Placco to Commemorate RIAA Certified Gold Sales of More Than 500,000 Copies of the Geffen Records Album, Cassette and C.D. 'Maladroit'". When an album went gold or platinum, it was common for a band or label to have extra copies of the award presented to producers, executives and, in this case, even tour bus operators! The award measures 17 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches and presents with just a bit of wear to the frame. Near Mint condition.

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. 

RIAA Gold Record Award for Weezers 2002 LP <em>Maladroit</em>
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $200
Final prices include buyers premium: $748
Estimate: $400 - $500
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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