A group of bikers from the Freehold American Legion in New Jersey were heading back from a Veterans Day event when they saw a man stranded on the road due to a motorcycle malfunction — to their surprise it was rock star Bruce Springsteen who needed their help.
Dan Barkalow, who was leading the group of bikers and was the first one to spot Springsteen, said, “I stopped to see if he needed help, and it was Bruce.”
Barkalow was star struck, but hurried to help Springsteen out of the situation.
“Bikers gotta stick together,” he said.
The bikers tried to get Springsteen’s bike running, but when they couldn’t, they gave him a ride back to a nearby restaurant until his next ride arrived.
“We sat there and shot the breeze for a half hour, 45 minutes till his ride showed up,” Barkalow said. “Nice guy, real down to earth. Just talked about motorcycles and his old Freehold days.”
Springsteen bought them some beers, took pictures and left the group a $100 in appreciation for their help.
Another biker said that the “Born to Run” singer took the group's names and numbers. "He said, 'If I'm ever in the area I'll get you tickets for the show.' It was pretty neat."
Barkalow invited Springsteen to join him in a future motorcycle ride.
“Bruce, if you want to go riding, please — anytime,” he said.
Legion’s Facebook post said “Springsteen got the veterans’ phone numbers, so maybe they’ll be riding together some day!”
Springsteen is known for his down to earth attitude; he reaches out to his fans like no one else. Earlier the rock star invited a young fan to sing with him on stage at a gig, he also clicked a picture with the boy, making his day memorable.