Here's about the most random, totally goofy, pretty unbelievable story you're going to read today: While driving through Ohio on tour yesterday, Here We Go Magic picked up a hitchhiker. It wasn't just some miscreant (well, kinda) or a bum: It was famed director John Waters, who apparently just hitchhikes for fun in his off hours. He said once that hitchhiking is a great way to meet people and to--no joke--have sex. Here's what the band said about the experience:
Band member Michael Bloch tells us, "There's a hydro-fracking boom in western Pennsylvania. You can't get a motel room. We had to drive til 4AM, and finally found a Days Inn in eastern Ohio. Getting back on the highway this morning, there was a man at the side of the on-ramp with a sign that read 'to the end of Rte 70.' Jen wanted to pick him up, but we drove past him. As we passed by, our sound guy said 'John Waters' Luke said, 'Yep, definitely John Waters.' We got off at the next exit and circled back. He was still there. We pulled up, opened the door and asked where he was coming from. 'Baltimore,' he said. And we said 'Get in, sir.' "
This is bonkers. Like, I wonder if more famous people do this that we don't even realize. Here We Go Magic's new LP, A Different Ship, is out now. [DCist]