“Fuss on the bus” takes on a whole new meaning as vehicle veers off the Autobahn
Story by Jon Liebman | September 8, 2014
It’s understandable to be tired after a non-stop week of bass clinics, concerts, jam sessions, interviews, meet & greets and the like. That’s how we all felt after the third annual Warwick Bass Camp in Markneukirchen, Germany, September 1-6. It’s not okay, though, if you’re the bus driver.
After departing the hotel Sunday at 2:45 a.m. for the four-hour ride to the Frankfurt airport, the bus, carrying several dozen of some of the greatest bass players in the world, had quite the “near miss” when the driver apparently nodded off, setting off a panicked frenzy of the low-end elite.
It happened somewhere around 6:00 a.m. The bus was dead silent, as most of the travelers were either asleep or dozing. Fortunately, enough people were alert enough to notice the vehicle veering off the autobahn, whereupon they began screaming frantically. The driver immediately exited the highway and pulled into a convenience store parking lot, where everyone tried to regain their composure. The trip resumed after a 20-minute break, delivering everyone to the airport safely, if a little rattled.
The bus was carrying both Warwick and non-Warwick artists, including: Adam Nitti, Stu Hamm, Kevin “Brandino” Brandon, David Ellefson, Alphonso Johnson, Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, Norwood Fisher, Jerry Jemmott, Divinity Roxx, Ed Friedland, Ryan Martinie, Evan Brewer, Dave Roe and T.M. Stevens, as well as this writer, who experienced the whole thing first-hand. From now on, watching Warwick’s famous “Fuss on the Bus” marketing campaign will never feel quite the same.