How These Four Friends Turned Their Van Into A Mobile Concert Stage
Tony, Teddy, Tim, and Richie had been friends for years. They all met in kindergarten and hit it off right away. Tony was a quiet boy with a big heart. Teddy loved wrestling and finger painting. Tim couldn’t get enough of Baseball and Richie was happy to do whatever they wanted to do. They got on so well that, when they were all the age of ten, they decided to form a band.
The band was initially Teddy’s idea but if you ask him about it now, he’ll tell you it could have been anyone of theirs. There was so much talent between the four of them, one of the others would have suggested starting a band anyway. Tony was a great drummer. He’d had a knack for making noise ever since he was a baby. His mum had brought him a set of his own just that spring and he practiced every day. Teddy was on the keyboard. His idol was Elton John and he loved to dress flamboyantly like the legend. The guys ripped into him but he didn’t care. The keys were where he belonged, often in a huge pair of shades. Unlike Tony, Teddy didn’t practice every day. He let the music take him whenever and if it didn’t, that was fine. He was quite free-spirited, relying on plain, natural talent. He didn’t have to work at it. Tim was the guitarist and never let you forget it. He’d constantly tell people he played, and often he brought his acoustic into school to show off to the girls. Unlike Teddy, he did practice, often. He loved Hendrix and Chuck Berry. And lastly, Richie was the singer. He had a great voice and was the most confident of the four. For a ten-year-old, he was great at learning lyrics and keeping in time with the other band members. They were called the Wild Horses.
Of course, the band didn’t last forever. There were only ten when they started and eleven when they broke up. There was a fallout between Teddy and Richie over who gets to stage dive first at Tony’s Grandma’s 60th birthday (their second gig). The band split up and many of their parents wondered if they’d ever play an instrument again.
Time went on and before they knew it, it was ten years later. Tony, Tim, Teddy, and Richie all still went to the same school but there had been a divide. Tony and Tim were still friends but Teddy and Richie had gone their separate ways forming new friend groups. A couple had girlfriends and it had been a long time since they gave their little band any thought. Then one morning, it all changed.
The announcement to self isolate due to the pandemic came in. Richie was depressed. He couldn’t go into work. He was stuck at home and bored out of his mind. So he started to surf the web and came across single din units. He knew these would be a game-changer; that everything would change after this. You can see the single din units reviewed here and I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusion as Richie.
He knew exactly what to do. He may not have spoken to any of the guys since the good old days but he still had them on Facebook, like most of his school mates. He made a group chat called ‘WILD HORSES ARE BACK’. He wrote a very long paragraph about how he missed the old band days and his friends since Kindergarten. The past ten years had been nothing but hell without them and he needed them to do this one last thing. He needed them to put on a show. He had been working in an electronics store and, ever since the pandemic, had been unable to go there. But now, he thought a good use of their time and the final days he had left, to do something special. To put on one last gig to cheer people up.
He went and picked them up, one by one and keeping a safe distance apart, they got to work. Tony had an old van and, with Richie’s access to the electronics store, they fitted it with all the necessary equipment. It took twelve weeks of fixing up the van and hardcore practice sessions until they were ready.
It all came down to this. They hadn’t performed in front of people since Tony’s Grandma’s 60th birthday but they felt ready. They sounded just like they did when they were ten and they were ready to feel the roar of the crowd again. And with the van, they didn’t have to wait until the bars and music venues reopened. They had the perfect venue parked on the driveway.
They loaded their instruments (the drum kit was a struggle according to Tony) and parked at a nearby field. The van was fitted with an insane sound system and where they could be heard for miles. Richie did a little Facebook post, announcing the band’s news and people flocked to the field, ready for the reunion gig.
The friends played and their parents cried, old school friends danced, cars honked and people had a good time remembering life not too long ago. And Tony, Teddy, Tim, and Richie stayed friends ever since.