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Bono hitches a ride with hockey player

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Thousands of would-be rock stars have grown up singing into their hair brushes and wishing they could grow up to be Bono.

The U2 front man, however, has a different dream - which he shared with U2's audience in Edmonton, Canada on Wednesday evening.

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"I've decided that I want to be Gilbert Brule." Huh?

According to the Edmonton Journal, the night before the show, Edmonton Oiler Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend, Kelsey Nichols, were driving through West Vancouver to walk their dog in a nearby park when they noticed a pair of hitchhikers on the side of the road. Brule, seated in the passenger side, was convinced one of them was Bono.

"I didn't believe him so I kept driving," Nichols later told the paper.

But Brule convinced her to turn around and as they approached the hitchhikers, the hockey star and his girlfriend shouted out, "Bono!"

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Sure enough, the man who sang "Love Rescue Me" on "Rattle and Hum" needed some rescuing, and asked if he could snag a lift to Horseshoe Bay. Brule and Nichols happily accommodated them, and on the way, Bono and his assistant explained that they had gone for a walk when it began to rain. The foursome continued to chat about their native cities, countries, music and hockey. And before he got out of the car, Bono invited the couple to check out his concert the following night in Edmonton, which they did - after selling their tickets to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bono's thank-you gift also included backstage passes, on which he'd written "thanks for the ride" and "my hero Gilbert."

The rock legend later paid homage to his new pals from the stage, telling the crowd he wanted to "be Gilbert Brule" because "people who play ice hockey are the kind of people who pick up hitchhikers."

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