Tuesday, January 17, 2017
– Eli Young Band learned last night that one of their two buses was destroyed in a fire, but no one was hurt.
The band received a call from their long-time driver Randy Moore with news that one of their two busses, the band bus and trailer, were on fire. Parked just outside of Topeka, Kan., where Moore was planning to sleep for the night in route to the band's next show, the blaze broke out close to midnight. Moore was just about to fall asleep, when he heard an alarm that he had never heard before.
Moore went to the front to look out the window and realized that the bus was engulfed in flames. He escaped unharmed, and minutes later, the bus was a complete loss. Moore saved one guitar, but everything else in the bus and trailer was destroyed by the fire.
"We've lost more than a bus here. There are memories and possessions that we can't replace. It's really sad to see her go. We're just happy that our driver Randy is safe," said lead singer Mike Eli.
Bass player Jon Jones added, "We spent six great years living and traveling in our bus. It was gone in a matter of minutes. Thank goodness that everyone is safe. Our driver, Randy, was able to grab one guitar, but the rest is gone. This is a sad moment. So many great memories and things collected over the years that can't be replaced but we know how much worse it could have been."
Eli Young Band will resume its tour schedule this Friday in Mahnomen, Minn. with stops over the next few weeks in North Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana prior to heading to the West Coast.