50-year-old British photographer Kevin Wells went to a record signing event to meet Public Enemy and get them to sign his cd. While Wells was thrilled to meet the guys and get some memorabilia signed, an opportunity to hang with the group presented itself and he couldn't miss out.
After the signing, a taxi failed to pick them up from a local record shop. Public Enemy have been touring the U.K. in support of The Prodigy on a massive arena tour, but due to the late taxi, they were on pace to miss their show.
When a member of the entourage called out, “Does anyone have a car? We’re running late.” Wells told the band he had his Ford Focus parked down the road and could take them to the arena, where they were set to play in just 45 minutes.
Wells described the experience as "very, very surreal" to 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.”
Even more incredibly, Wells had a compilation CD playing in the car with "Bohemian Rhapsody" on it. "It was on low but suddenly when "Bohemian Rhapsody" came on, one of the entourage at the front shouted ‘Bo Rap! Waynes World!’ and they all started headbanging in the back of the car," Wells said. "I kept looking in the rear view mirror and I could see Flavor Flav with his sunglasses on and his big clock and I couldn’t believe it."
In the end, Wells got the band to the show in 15 minutes. Sadly, he couldn't make the show, but Public Enemy blessed him with the Selfie of 2015 in return.