Bruce Springsteen has written countless songs utilizing imagery of fast vehicles roaring down the open road, but sometimes even The Boss has to deal with a little engine trouble.
That’s what happened Friday when Springsteen was heading out on the highway on his motorcycle when his bike broke down, leaving him stranded by the side of a New Jersey road while returning from a Veteran’s Day event.
Luckily for the “Born to Run” singer, a group of bikers drove past and spotted him, pulling over and offering to lend a hand.
According to The Guardian, one of the bikers, Dan Barkalow, said he saw a stranded rider and naturally they stopped to help. “Bikers gotta stick together,” he said. “I stopped to see if he needed help and it was Bruce.”
When none of the bikers could get Springsteen’s motorcycle to start, Springsteen hopped on the back of one of the other’s bikes and rode off to a nearby bar.
“We sat there and shot the breeze for a half hour, 45 minutes ’til his ride showed up,” said Barkalow, describing Springsteen as a “nice guy, real down to earth.” The conversation, he added, was primarily “about motorcycles and his old Freehold [New Jersey] days.”
“It was nice to help out,” added Ryan Bailey, whose gave Springsteen a ride on the back of his bike. “One Freehold person helping out another.”