The recently auctioned tour bus that once belonged to Willie Nelson's drummer, Paul English, and carried the country icon's crew on tours is getting back on the road again. Austin Restaurant Week founder Taylor Perkins and his entrepreneur business partner Michael "Stix" Tashnick won the auction, which went for over $80,000, for the 1983 Eagle tour bus and plan on turning it into a moving museum.
Fans will now be able to charter the bus – which was once called "the Scout" and later "Me and Paul," after Nelson's 1985 album and song – for concerts, festivals and other events. The new owners, one of whom founded Vintage Innovations, a company that restores and rents vintage buses and classic vehicles, claim that the bus is in perfect running condition. Proceeds from the bus's rental will benefit Farm Aid, the charity Nelson cofounded with Neil Young and John Mellencamp to help out family farms.
"We are all huge Willie Nelson fans and have been our entire lives," Perkins said in a statement. "We felt this was a great way we could give something back to Willie, who has done so much for our state and the people in it."
The new owners report that Vintage Innovations has hired people to "fully restore its splendor, assuring fans will experience total immersion in the vibe of Willie." They have kept the dark-wood interior, red velvet curtains and stained glass that came with the bus.
Nelson, sans "Scout," has been busy lately. In April, he was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame as one of its inaugural members and now he is ramping up to the release of his forthcoming record, Band of Brothers. In early May, he released a career-spanning, fact-touting video for the album's lead single, "The Wall." As it happens, the song was inspired by touring. "I had been on tour, and, the next thing you know, I hit the wall," Willie Nelson told Rolling Stone. "It turns out it's a pretty good song."
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