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by: JamieD On  Thursday, June 2, 2011

Being as rich and popular as they are, you would never expect to hear that U2 was hitchhiking, but that was the case for Bono and the rest of the band members during a stop in Vancouver on their latest tour.  The band found themselves stranded in the rain while taking a walk through West Vancouver when the Edmonton Oilers’ Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend, Kelsey Nichols, drove by.  After convincing Kelsey that the hitchhikers were members of U2, the couple turned around and offered a ride.

While driving the musicians to Horseshoe Bay, Bono asked Gilbert and Kelsey if they would like to be his special guest at their Wednesday night show in Edmonton.  Brule had two tickets to Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals on the same night, but he and his girlfriend quickly decided to take Bono up on his offer instead and booked a flight to Edmonton.

They were at the show last night, when Bono told the sellout crowd at Commonwealth Stadium about his hitchhiking adventure, stating the following:

“I like ice hockey because people who play ice hockey are the kind of people who pick up hitchhikers, who are that kind of people.  Now, I know this from personal experience because I was hitchhiking in Vancouver just yesterday – actually, I was – and, this guy and his girlfriend picked me up in their truck.  He was very cool, and it turns out, he was an ice hockey player.  Gilbert Brule, as it happens.”

If I had the choice, I’d take the Game One tickets over a U2 concert, but that is coming from a man who is not the biggest U2 fan and is not playing in the NHL for a division rival of the Vancouver Canucks.

Here is a look at Bono telling the Edmonton crowd about Brule’s kind act.  He probably shouldn’t say too much, seeing as how picking up a hitchhiker is illegal in some parts of British Columbia.  The story begins at the 2:35 mark.

Hat Tip – [TSN.ca]




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