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    Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:51:58

    Leslie West to Tour - He has found a car company to accommodate his wheelchair!

    Truly philanthropy does exist for rockers!

    The Vehicle Production Group, a brand new American car company that designs, engineers, and distributes specialty vehicles, has altruistically gifted a brand new MV-1 to Leslie West. West was faced with the challenges of touring following the June, 2011 amputation of his right leg above the knee, so the MV-1 is the first mobility vehicle designed from the ground up for wheelchair accessibility, and this act of kindness has solved the major obstacle that derailed the guitarist's prior plans to return to the road.

    The MV-1 is not an aftermarket conversion. The vehicle is the only factory built mode of transportation that meets or exceeds the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) direct from the factory. The fully boxed, body-on-frame design provides unrivaled strength, safety, and durability, and the MV-1 meets or exceeds all of the requirements set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The Vehicle Production Group has partnered with AM General to assemble the MV-1 at their state-of-the-art plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, the former home of the Hummer H2. This new product is the only vehicle made in America with a factory installed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel system option.

    So West got good wheels!

    West received the vehicle from The Vehicle Production Group on Dec. 22, 2011. Just in time for Christmas! The guitarist shared, "This is nicer than any guitar I have ever owned, and I've had some pretty incredible instruments including my own Leslie West Dean Signature Series. I was speechless. People would be proud to own this vehicle. The gestures made collectively by Fred, Brian and Steven, are the most generous I have experienced in my life."

    West will return to the road on Jan. 31 for initial performances in the Northeastern U.S. Confirmed shows with Uli Jon Roth include appearances are below:

    1/31 New York, NY BB Kings
    2/01 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
    2/03 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theatre
    2/04 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

    Are you going to see Leslie West on the road?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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