Emily Kraus and her boyfriend might have thought they were two Billies tripping on something when, on their way to a concert, they saw the man they were en route to see, stopped on the side of the road.
En route (behind schedule, even) to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Hershey, Pa., on Saturday (July 13), the fans spotted Matthews across the road with a bicycle, apparently stranded.
“So, we saw him on the other side of the road and we pulled my car in here,” Kraus told local CBS affiliate WHP-TV. “And he picks up his bike and throws it up here.”
Matthews was out for a pre-show bike ride when he got a flat tire. Without a cell phone, he was stuck a little ways outside the city, a drive of about seven minutes in all.
After dealing with his saviors’ bike rack, which according to Kraus was apparently a bit befuddling to Matthews, the trio headed toward the concert, which was held at Hersheypark Stadium, near the grounds of the headquarters of the Hershey Company.
“I was riding my bicycle, and then I got a flat tire on my bicycle. I did not have a cell phone on the bicycle. So I thought, ‘Sh*t,” Matthews joked from the stage that night (see below). “And then a nice lady named Emily rode up in a red car with a bicycle rack on it and gave me a ride on to the gig.”
Kraus and her boyfriend were able to get Matthews to his show on time, and the 46-year-old singer — ever grateful — offered dinner to his saviors and a chance to go backstage at the show, as well as front row seats. He signed their tickets, offering thanks for the ride.
“I woke up this morning, and I rolled over and I said, ‘Okay, yeah, that really happened yesterday!’” Kraus said, laughing. “It was surreal; we couldn’t believe it.”
Still, before they received those perks, they had to get Matthews to the show. This was apparently a little overwhelming for the fans.
“We didn’t know how to make conversation with him in fact, so we were talking about his tour and where he had come from,” Kraus said. “…He was very humble.”
Nothing quite like awkward silence with one of your favorite musicians.
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com