Dave Matthews hitchhikes with fans to own concert

6:54 AM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - Let's be thankful it wasn't a case of Crash Into Me.

A pair of lucky fans picked up a hitchhiker on their way to a Dave Matthews Band concert Saturday, who just so happened to be none other than the Grammy-winning musician.

Matthews had gone out for a pre-show bike ride in Hershey, Pa., when his back tire popped, leaving him stranded without a cell phone, according to CNN.

Emily Kraus and her boyfriend, who were running late to the show at Hersheypark Stadium, noticed Matthews and pulled over. Thanks to a recently-installed bicycle rack, the fans were able to give the singer-songwriter and his gear a lift.

The couple was rewarded with dinner backstage, a pair of front-row tickets and a shout-out from Matthews during the show. A longtime Matthews fan since age 9, Kraus only had to look to her concert tickets signed "Thanks for the ride" to realize it wasn't all just a dream.

"My cheeks still hurt from smiling, giggling and laughing all night long," Kraus wrote on the local CBS 21 News Facebook page. "This will always be remembered."

USA TODAY

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