Brantley Gilbert’s tour bus caught fire on March 12 as his drivers were bringing the bus back to the U.S. from a run of Canadian shows. The singer wasn’t on board at the time. Fortunately, those drivers weren’t hurt in the fire. Unfortunately, everything else on the bus was a total loss.
“Yeah, the bus is done,” Brantley says.
His tour bus is much more than just a place to stay when he’s on the road, though.
Brantley explains, “It’s not so much like, ‘Awww, your bus burned down.’ It’s more like, ‘Man, my house burned down.’ So, it’s been interesting … Anybody that knows me will tell you that I get real attached to my bus. I spend a lot of time on it, and if [wife] Amber and [baby boy] Barrett aren’t home, I sleep in the bus. It’s just my place. It’s kind of like my little sanctuary, so I feel like I kinda lost an old friend a little bit, but we’ll build another one.”
Brantley had just gotten finished customizing his old bus to make it comfortable for Amber and Barrett to join him on tour.
“We had it built with [Barrett] in mind comin’ and we had just finished all the baby aspects of the bus and got it just perfect,” Brantley says.
Brantley also lost a few guitars, stage clothes, letters, notes and photographs in the bus fire. We’re just thankful everyone is OK.
The bus fire won’t stop Brantley from delivering his high-energy live show to his fans, though. “The Ones That Like Me Tour” continues with shows in Kissimmee, Florida, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this coming weekend.