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

The collection includes:

Concert Tour T-Shirts, Caps, Sweatshirts and Crew Shirts: Rolling Stones: 1997 Bridges to Babylon concert t-shirt; Don Henley: 1990 crew polo shirt, 1990 "Hotel California" concert t-shirt, 1990 concert sweatshirts (2), 1993 crew t-shirt; Steve Miller Band: 1989 concert t-shirt (2), 1989 concert tank top; THE THE: 1989 concert t-shirt; Pat McGlaughlin 1988 concert t-shirt; Midnight Oil: 1993 child's concert t-shirt; Tina Turner: 1985 concert t-shirt hoodie; Eddie Money: 1989 concert t-shirt;

CONCERT POSTERS: 1978 Leo Sayer tour poster, 1977 Commodores tour poster, 1989 Don Henley End of the Innocence posters (2), 2001 Medeski, Martin & Wood tour poster, 2008 Steve Miller Band tour poster;

AUTOGRAPHED MATERIAL: James Taylor signed 1993 letter (“James”); Orleans band-signed promotional photo, 1975 tour itinerary; Eddie Money (and others) signed 1989 tour itinerary packet; Greg Holland signed promotional photo; Donnie Osmond signed photo; George Thorogood and The Destroyers and Little Feat band-singned 1992 tour photo sheets (2) with Thorogood, Jeff Simon (The Destroyers), Hank Carter (The Destroyers), Billy Blough (The Destroyers), Sam Clayton (Little Feat), Bill Payne (Little Feat), Sawyer Brown band-signed promotional photo, The Kentuckey Headhunters band-signed promotional photo, PYT band-signed promotional photo and CD, American Idol 2012 LIVE Tour souvenir program signed by all 10 performers;

TOUR DOCUMENTS AND BACKSTAGE PASSES: Don Henley: 1990 backstage pass, 1990 Canadian tour immigration form, 2000 tour itinerary book; Commodores: 1977 World Tour program, contract with bus company; Alice Cooper: 1977 press folder with 2 promotional photos, 1977 tour itinerary, 1977 backstage pass; Gov't Mule: 2000 tour itinerary, fan-created artwork portrait of the band; Culture Club: 1983 backstage pass, 1983 souvenir tour program; Steve Miller Band: 2008 and 2009 tour itinerary spiral-bound booklets; Accept: 1984 tour itinerary packet; Janet Jackson: 2011 tour itinerary spiral-bound booklet; Tracy Chapman: 1992 tour itinerary spiral-bound booklet; Joe Satriani 2007 tour itinerary spiral-bound booklet; Pat McGlaughlin: 1988 tour itinerary packet; Lollapalooza: 1996 tour itinerary spiral-bound booklet; Neil Young: 2008 souvenir tour pr ogram; John Cougar Mellencamp: backstage pass and photo playing an impromptu live show in a park; Medeski, Martin & Wood 2008 backstage pass; Heart 2008 backstage pass; Bonnaroo backstage pass; Hall & Oates 2002 backstage pass; TOOL 2007 backstage pass; The Monkees “45th Anniversary” tour backstage pass; New Barbarians backstage pass and ticket stub; Barry Manilow backstage pass; Misc. “Smooth Ride” concert tour documents and ephemera (8 pieces). While some of the pieces are in Excellent to Mint condition with expected signs of wear from use, many have suffered from improper storage, though none are damaged, per se.

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. 

“Smooth Ride” Rock and Roll Tour Bus Company 1970s to 2000s Balance of Collection (65 Pieces) Incl. Tour Shirts, Tour Docs, Signed Photos, Concert Posters and More! (Beckett Pre-Certified)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $288
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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