Flying Rocks

Aviation & Music Adventures…

Backstage and production insights about the high flying episodes of the biggest rock n’ roll stars in the world traveling on the road in private airplanes!

My private air transportation experiences.

A scrapbook/dossier primarily for my (family) kids and grand-children to provide further insights into what the heck I did for a good portion of my life on this planet.

If you’re an individual that enjoys music and/or airplanes, this book could be a read that you’ll find of interest.

Authored by: Michael J. Lofton

 

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The chapters are a work in progress and are draft edits only. Mostly incomplete content at the moment that are being edited and completed off-line for incorporating into a published book.

Note: Comment section below each chapter is reserved for future input.. You are an early (re)viewer of this work. Any edit suggestions or inputs regarding existing chapter content are greatly welcomed and appreciated by forwarding your ideas directly to my email: michael@customercounts.com

 

 

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ed. note:
– Chapters a work in progress and not complete nor in order…

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Rolling Stones Steel Wheel Tour – 1989

In 1989 I flew (as their personal private aircraft transportation consultant) the Rolling Stones… Had the opportunity to fly the boys for their Steel Wheels North America tour in this Boeing 707-128 (remember this aircraft?) model ship… Read More Here…

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/rolling-stones-steel-wheels-tour/

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Fleetwood Mac Tusk Tour – 1980

In 1980 I had the opportunity and arranged tour use of a Boeing (707) for Fleetwood Mac as a part of their Tusk Tour. The ship had a forward suite-style arrangement with couches, club tables, galley/bar, etc… Read More Here…

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/fleetwood-mac-tusk-tour/

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Richard Marx Tour – 1991

October of 1991, Richard Marx’s management got a hold of me with the request to assist with a private aircraft, which would provide a means of moving their band, sound & lights members, and management across the country (USA) to achieve a world record of the most concerts in one day… Read More Here…

 

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/richard-marx/

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The Osmond Brothers Tour – 1985

I worked with the entertainment group, the Osmonds (the Brothers, not Donnie and Marie) to secure their private jet ownership… I even arranged for their financing of such Westwind 1123 aircraft… Read More Here…

 

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/the-osmond-brothers/

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Guns N’ Roses Big FD, Use Your Illusion, Riot Tour – 1991-92

The tour manager goes… “Michael, we’ve got a problem on the road tonight and we’ll need some brilliant ideas to get out of dodge (St. Louis) without hassles.” Perplexed, I further learned what happened… Read More Here…

 

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/guns-n-roses-riot-tour/

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Jimmy Buffett Aircraft Tours – Starting 1977/78

I personally operated and flew for Jimmy’s… Son of a Son of A Sailor and Cheeseburger in Paradise tours… (note: JB insert inside aircraft). I’m even mentioned on the liner notes on his “You had to be there!” double live album... Read More Here…

 

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/jimmy-buffett-tours

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Heart Aircraft Tours – 13 years touring

For 13 years (in their hay-days from the early 80s thru the 90s) I arranged and managed all of the private flight (air) transportation for the band, ‘Heart’... Read More Here…

 

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/heart-the-band

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Grateful Dead Aircraft Tours – 18 years touring

Yep, back in the day Grateful Dead was a client of mine… actually for about 18 years I handled all of their private air transportation consultation. And no, they didn’t take VW buses around the country to play their gigs.... Read More Here…

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/grateful-dead-tours/

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Nazareth Band Aircraft Tours

I flew the band called, Nazareth, with my hired Captain (I flew first officer) on a modified interior (sub-contracted) Viscount 700 series aircraft from Toronto, Canada to Oakland, CA, as they ended their (Nazareth) World Music Festival… Lightening struck… Read More Here…

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/nazareth-the-band/

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Van Halen Aircraft Balance Tours

I had arranged for all the private aircraft transportation in private planes and flew the ‘Van Halen’ band for the Balance Tours (and) for 7-years, starting from the mid-nineties… Read More Here…

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/van-halen-tours/

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Lionel Richie and the Commodores

Brick House Woman Aircraft Tour

In the mid-seventies, another band I had the pleasure of flying was… the Commodores. With Lionel Richie as their lead singer. It was their ‘Brick House (woman)’ tour and interesting times, indeed!… Read More Here…

https://michaellofton.com/flying-rocks-book/lionel-richie-and-the-commodores/