ENGLAND — Kevin Wells isn’t a taxi driver, but when rap group Public Enemy needed a ride to their show, he was just the man for the job.
The rap legends were doing a signing at a local record store in Sheffield, England and were scheduled to do a guest performance gig for The Prodigy.
They had 45 minutes until show time and their taxi was nowhere to be found.
So Wells offered them a ride.
“It was very, very surreal,” Wells told the Guardian. “We all walked to the car –- Flavor Flav, Chuck D and two of their entourage -– and they all just piled in. I’m local to Sheffield, so I know all the back streets to get there pretty sharpish. So I didn’t feel too tense. I knew I could get them there in time.”
In the 15 minute journey to Sheffield Arena, Kevin learned that the rappers are big fans of Queen.
“I had a compilation CD I’d made in the car,” Wells said. “It was on low but suddenly when Bohemian Rhapsody came on, one of the entourage at the front shouted ‘Bo Rap! Wayne’s World!’ and they all started headbanging in the back of the car.”
As repayment for the ride, Wells was offered a spot on the guest list to get into the Public Enemy show for free. Unfortunately, he had to decline to offer so he could photograph a show at another venue.
Rock on, Kevin Wells. Rock on.