Dave Matthews' bike wheel popped on the way to a concert in Hershey, is saved by fans | Bob's Blitz

Dave Matthews' bike wheel popped on the way to a concert in Hershey, is saved by fans

Dave Matthews was riding a bicycle to his Hersheypark concert when 'Pop!' And he with no cellphone. "I did not have a cellphone on the bike," Matthews said later. "So I thought, Shit." When along came concertgoer Emily Kraus and her boyfriend Joe:

“So, we saw him on the other side of the road and we pulled my car in here,” she told WHP-TV in Harrisburg.

“And he picks up his bike and throws it up here,” she said of the bike rack her parents recently gave her. “He says he’s never seen a bike rack like this before, so Joe walks over and he’s helping him put it on, and I’m standing here and I’m holding his helmet.”

Once Matthews was in their back seat and headed for the concert, Kraus tried to avoid an awkward silence.

“So, 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,” she recalled, laughing.

“He had just been in Cincinnati and he said, ‘I’m taking a short break after this one because I have to drop my daughters off at camp,’ ” Kraus added. “And he was just a very humble guy.”

Matthews posed for photos with the couple, then invited them for dinner. “We felt out of place,” Kraus said.

The couple got first row seats (autographed 'Thanks for the ride.') and backstage access for their efforts. And -- Matthews acknowledged the couple to boot. Opening the show by telling the crowd how close he came to not making it...“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,” he said.

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