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Dave Matthews Hitches a Ride To His Own Show

In 2007, the Dave Matthews Band song “Out Of My Hands” appeared on the soundtrack for a film called The Hitcher. Last weekend, it appears Matthews himself became “the hitcher”—only with a more positive outcome.

On Saturday, according to reports, a woman named Emily Krauss and her boyfriend were en route to a Dave Matthews Band show in Hershey, PA, when they approached a man with a busted bicycle hitchhiking by the roadside. It turns out it was Matthews himself, needing a ride to his own concert.

Apparently, Matthews’ bicycle had broken down, and the singer happened to be without a cell phone at the time. Grateful for the lift, he rewarded the couple with an invitation to dinner, front-row seats to the show, and even an ad-libbed serenade from the stage.

The celebrity hitchhiker incident brings back memories of a similar story from a couple of years ago, when Edmonton Oilers hockey player saw U2 frontman Bono caught in the rain with his assistant on a West Vancouver roadside, gave him a lift, and got VIP passes to the band’s Edmonton show.

So apparently, it isn’t always like the movies. Every once in awhile, it pays to pick up a hitchhiker. Just be sure you know who it is.

(Photo: Mark Jeremy/Flickr)

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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