|Mom, Brule, girlfriend|
According to a story by Ben Gelinas at edmontonjournal.com, Brule and girlfriend Kelsey Nichols were driving to a park to walk Bella, their German shepherd, on Tuesday afternoon near the West Vancouver Yacht club when they spotted a couple of hitchhikers on the side of the road.
Brule, watching out the window, was sure one of them was Bono.
Nichols, who was driving, didn’t believe him, because, really, why would Bono be hitchhiking?
“I didn’t want to stop, but they waved and G yelled ‘that’s Bono’,” Nichols said Wednesday night at Commonwealth Stadium. “I didn’t believe him so I kept driving.”
The couple went on, a short distance anyway, all the while Brule trying to convince Nichols to turn around.
Eventually, she agreed.
The hitchhikers were still there when they drove up, so they yelled out: “Bono!”
He waved and walked over to their truck.
The Irishman, who indeed was Bono, asked if they could give him and his assistant a lift to Horseshoe Bay. Of course, Brule and Nichols obliged.
Turns out, he and his assistant had gone out for a walk when it started to rain, just before Brule and Nichols happened upon them.
Bono mentioned that his band was playing a show in Edmonton on Wednesday and asked if they’d like to go.
So Brule and Nichols sold their tickets for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, bought plane tickets (three, so Brule’s mom could come too) and flew back to Edmonton, where Brule is a forward for the Oilers.
Bono got them backstage passes to say thanks for the ride.