Photographer Kevin Wells came to the rescue with his Ford Focus after the rappers were left stranded thanks to a taxi mix-up.
A fan had to come to the rescue in Sheffield when legendary rappers Public Enemy were left stranded after a taxi mix-up nearly forced them to miss their arena gig. Kevin Wells, a local photographer, saved the day on Saturday when he offered the group a lift in his Ford Focus, ensuring they made the gig on time.
The rappers at been signing autographs at the Record Collector store, in Broomhill, ahead of their show at the Motorpoint Arena with The Prodigy. Wells had popped into the store to grab a quick autograph with the band ahead of a busy night photographing other gigs across the city.
But disaster struck when the band’s taxi, which had been booked for 6.30pm, drove off before they had finished signing autographs. “People started panicking and looking for someone to drive, so I volunteered,” Wells told local paper The Star.
Describing the car ride as the ‘most surreal journey’ of his life, Wells drove the band around the city’s backstreets in his Ford Focus, in a race against time to make the show. “They were such nice guys, we had a right laugh,” Wells said.
“We were chatting away, but the phone was constantly going as their management were clearly worried. Then as we were coming through Attercliffe, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, by Queen, came on the radio.”
“Everyone was singing the words and rocking out in the back of my car, it was like a Wayne’s World moment. I was looking in the rear view mirror thinking, ‘is this actually happening?’” Eventually the group made it to the arena about 15 minutes before they were due on stage
“I drove up to security and said, ‘I’ve got the band in the back’,” Wells continued. “They looked at me as if I was having them on, but then I rolled down the windows and Chuck D showed them the security pass. Amazing, it just didn’t feel real.”
With the band safely at the arena in time for the show, Wells then drove off to his next gig, photographing Scouting for Girls at O2 Academy and then The Enemy at the Leadmill. Public Enemy are currently on a UK tour with The Prodigy, which concludes on December 7th in Bournemouth.