Tour bus

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Modern day tour busses are quite luxurious compared to those driven Back in the Day.

American style:

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European style:

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Not only are they used to transport the performers from gig to gig, but all the Roadies use this mode of transportation as well. While the performers usually have their own bus, the Roadies were likely to travel in packs of six to a bus. These fine vehicles are equipped with a front lounge, bathroom & a back lounge. While some tried to sleep in their shiny bunks, others engage in various recreational activities.

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Bus drivers take pride in the appearance of their busses and whenever possible they like to clean these luxury liners.

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Some performers are more conscious of preserving the Earth than others and converted all their tour busses and trucks to Bio Diesel fuel and so a truck full of Bio fuel will come and fill ‘em up at the gigs. How cool is that!

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Following are pictures of busses used Back in the Day and show how in certain parts of the world, such as the North Pole the performers and roadies had to share the same bus.


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Even further back in time, when Roadies began to roam the Earth they were forced to resort to even more primitive forms of transportation if the buses broke down. Just as pictographs, petroglyphs and later, hieroglyphics were used to depict the hunting, battling and deaths of ancient man, roadies too are capable of understanding simple little pictures. Astute stage-manager roadie Tim was quick to pick up on the surprising intellect of his fellow roadies and determined the best way to communicate clearly was in exactly that method, simple little pictures. Below you can see the load out sheet for a Denver show:


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Though time has weathered this ancient papyrus scroll, if you look closely you will see to the bottom center a depiction of the antifreeze escaping from the bus motor. Directly to the right notice what appears to be a catapult launching roadies into the burning fire of Phoenix desert heat. You can ignore the other scribbles here, as they have to do with which gear goes in which truck and stuff, so it can be considered useless info. There seems to be some disagreement between experts as to whether Roadies were truly able to make a catapult that could fling a roadie over 900 miles. Many believe that it is just a symbolic representation of an event while others believe that the roadie catapult did exist and may be located on a mountain top somewhere. One of the main drawbacks of the roadie catapult was how it drastically thinned the herd with all of the Roadie kill it left behind.

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