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Nine Bands Show Off Their Tour Vans

March 30, 2012  |  8:51am
For touring bands, vans become so much more than just a way to get from venue to venue. As Cursive’s Matt Maginn told us, the vehicle isn’t just a means to get by, “it’s your home and your chariot.” In celebration of the upcoming summer concert season, we’re taking a look at nine different vehicles that will be taking these artists to your town.

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7. Tiny Victories
Van: Bessy is a drop-dead gorgeous 1997 Nissan quest minivan. She is a warrior princess.
Mileage: 185,000
Tours: Four solid, long-ass tours and a bunch of mini-trips.
Repairs: She’s had a few nips and tucks, strictly for cosmetic purposes. We’re saving up for a rad, fire-breathing dragon decal.
What makes your van unique?
Bessy is the Millenium Falcon of tour vans. She’s equipped with a Play Station 2, night-vision capabilities, bullet-proof windows and a driver’s-side ball-massager. 

Do you have a memorable story to go with the van?
We once trashed Ava Luna’s weak-ass excuse for a tour van in a drag race at Burning Man in 2010. 

If you could change three things about your vehicle, what would they be?
Speeding tickets in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia.

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8. Lera Lynn
Van: Chevy Express
Mileage: 90,000

Tours: It’s new to us. Only three so far. 

Repairs: Only one, which was covered under the initial warranty I purchased. Can’t nobody pull one on me!

What makes your van unique?
She’s needy. She doesn’t have power locks so we have to grope her doors all the time. 

Do you have a memorable story to go with the van?
Uh, we have an entire blog based on our trips in the van.

If you could change three things about your vehicle, what would they be?
I’d add power locks, cruise control and 25 more feet.

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9. Andrea Gibson
Vehicle: 2010 Toyota Yaris  
Mileage: 43,000

Tours: Three, I think.   

Repairs: Aside from the garage dents I ran into someone in a Whole Foods parking lot. Whole Foods parking lots are the devil. I was going 4 MPH and I am currently getting sued for serious injuries to three people in the car.

What makes your vehicle unique?
It collects dog hair like dog hair is going out of style. It is covered in dents from running into the side of my garage on a weekly basis because i am terrible at parking. It smells like pizza.    

Do you have a memorable story to go with the vehicle?

The time I ran into the liars at Whole Foods.   

If you could change three things about your vehicle, what would they be?
It would have bunk beds. It would run on bio-diesel. And it would not smell like pizza.

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