I feel like this is old news for some reason, but I guess that’s because we’ve been hearing for more than a year that Johnny Cash’s tour bus would be heading to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, it’s finally there. Visitors can go through it for the regular admission price to the museum.
The bus was sold by Johnny just three months before he died, and has since made it into the hands of Dave Wright, a collector of vintage motor coaches. Dave bought it on e-bay, and commissioned Creative Mobile Interiors of Grove City, Ohio, to restore the bus.
The bus includes Johnny and June’s personal compartment, built of salvage from a Civil War-era house used by General Grant, that was near Johnny’s birthplace.
Johnny, June and their son, John Carter Cash, all had separate compartments, along with an extra compartment for the bus driver.
The bus was built in Columbus, Ohio in 1979 at Custom Coach, and Johnny purchased the bus in 1980 for $553,000. He used this touring bus, the JC Unit One, for the last two decades of his career. In 1997, he wrote in his autobiography, “I have a home that takes me anywhere I need to go, that cradles me and comforts me, that lets me nod off in the mountains and wake up in the plains: my bus, of course. We call it Unit One. I love my bus. It really is my home too. When I make it off another plane through another airport, the sight of that big black MCI waiting by the curb sends waves of relief through me – Aah! – safety, familiarity, solitude. Peace at last. My cocoon.”
The museum is open 363 days a year, only closing on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is open form 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every day. On Wednesdays, you can tour the Museum until 9 p.m.The cost is $22 for adults, $18 if you live in the Greater Cleveland area, but you have to have ID. Seniors (age 65 and over) are $17, and children are $13 for ages 9-12, and free for children under 8, with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 1-800-745-3000.
While they allow photos in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville (as long as you don’t use a flash), photos are not permitted at all at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Many of the artists who have generously loaned or donated artifacts to the Museum have stipulated that these items are not to be photographed or reproduced in any way. Due to our agreements with these artists, photography and video are allowed only in the Museum Lobby. Cameras should be left at the coat and camera checkroom on the Museum’s Ground Level. (From the museum’s web site.)
If you’ve never been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, here’s a little YouTube video that shows you what you can expect when you take a walk through this museum.
It’s back to work this morning. I’ll talk to all of you real soon! Have a great day! I know, it’s Monday … but have a great one just the same!