A fan came to the rescue when Public Enemy most needed a friend—and a quick ride to their gig.
Kevin Wells had stopped by a Broomhill, UK record store Saturday, where members of the iconic hip-hop group were signing autographs to get his picture with Chuck D and Flavor Flav before heading to work.
The band was still signing autographs when their taxi took off — leaving them stranded miles from the arena where they were to perform in just a few minutes.
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The band took Wells up on an offer to drive them, the five piled into his compact car, and they set out on backstreets following every shortcut Wells could remember.
“Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen, came on the radio,” Wells told the Sheffield Star. “Everyone was singing the words and rocking out in the back of my car. I was looking in the rear view mirror thinking, ‘is this actually happening?’”
Security at the arena was skeptical that the band of millionaire musicians was arriving for the show in a Ford Focus, until Chuck D rolled down the window and flashed a security pass.
Wells got the band to the arena just 15 minutes before Public Enemy was to take the stage.
Wells missed the show because he still had to get to work —photographing other concerts around Sheffield that night.
(Photo: Kevin Wells, Facebook)
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