The BEST story you’ll see today. Really…

Posted July 15th, 2013 at 7:43 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole

It’s no secret that Dave Matthews is a good musician.  7 Grammy wins and over 31 million albums sold in the US alone attest to that. But now we know that he’s a good guy, too.  And now there’s proof that his fans are just as nice.

It was a fan to the rescue when Dave Matthews was stranded after his tire popped during a recent pre-show bike ride! ( Photo by Dan Harr/Invision/AP)


The short version of the story is that the musician had gone out for a pre-concert bike ride, just as he’s done countless times before. But Dave forgot the second most important rule of the road: always have a tire patch kit when you take your bike out (the first is to always wear a helmet)! He also forgot rule number 3: bring your cell phone.  So, there he was —stranded on the side of the road, miles from the concert venue.

Luckily for Dave (and everyone who had tickets that night), Emily Kraus and her boyfriend were running a little late that night. They saw the familiar looking guy standing on the side of the road, stopped, strapped  his bike to the rack on the back of of her little red car, and Emily wound up giving  her favorite musician a lift to his own show. Nice guy that he is, Dave Matthews treated the pair to dinner, backstage passes, and upgraded their tickets to the very front row.

Later, a still elated Emily told a television interviewer that her big adventure was so wonderful it almost seemed like a dream. But she did have proof it was real: a sweet autograph on her ticket stubs. Dave Matthews hadn’t just signed his name, he wrote “Thanks for the ride.”

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2 responses to “The BEST story you’ll see today. Really…”

  1. Bill "Doc" Roberts says:

    Enjoyed the article about Dave M. I’d heard he is a down to earth person and what he did for Emily Kraus was just above and beyond. Nice to read a story about an artist that has done something nice for someone else.



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