Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend Kelsey Nichols were driving along Marine drive near where they live in North Vancouver when by their own account they picked up “one of the biggest rock stars in the world”.
Bono and his assistance went out for a walk when it started to rain. Brule spotted the pair but it was Nichols who was driving and at first refused to stop. "I said no, we're not picking up a hitchhiker. We're going to die” followed by "There's no way." Not long after though Brule convinced her to change her mind and she turned their truck around. "He was very cool," Bono said of Brule, "He said, 'Where do you want to go?' And I said, 'Just take me to where The Edge is’” The Edge wasn’t far located in nearby Horse Shoe Bay.
For his kind gesture Bono invited Brule and Nichols to their show in Edmonton on Wednesday with back stage VIP treatment. Brule jumped at the chance and ditched his tickets to the first game of the Stanely Cup finals. During the Wed night show Bono said that he had decided "that I now want to be Gilbert Brule," and proceeded to cast each of the 3 remaining band members as historic Oilers Legends Wayne Gretzky,Mark Messier and Grant Fuhr. When asked about the honor Brule gushed "That was insane -- I think I want to be him."