An Australian music tour booker recalled the unflinching way rap legend Coolio, who died this week, dealt with being accidentally denied access to the stage.
Rich Moffat, a Groovin The Moo booker, paid tribute to the Gangsta’s Paradise singer, who died on September 28 at the age of 59 after an apparent cardiac arrest.
According to the star’s longtime manager Jarez, Coolio was found unresponsive on the floor of a bathroom.
Mr Moffat, who met Coolio several times and booked him for Groovin the Moo in 2019 and the Falls Festival in 2010, said the rapper is a humble man who loves Australia.
Coolio, who died on September 28 at the age of 59, wrote his worldwide hit “Gangster’s Paradise” for the Michelle Pfeiffer film “Dangerous Minds” (Image: Coolio and wife Pfeiffer).
Coolio (right) bumps elbows with Groovin the Moo promoter Steve Halpin (right) and music booker Rich Moffat (center) on his 2019 tour
And this despite the fact that he was once denied access to the stage by an overzealous security guard on a Down Under tour in 2019.
Coolio forgot his lanyard and walked offstage to meet adoring fans during a performance.
In a brain freeze, an overzealous security guard refused to let him back on stage.
But the rapper handled the situation with classic Coolio smoothness, Mr Moffat recalled.
“I don’t think that security guard would leave him behind, which was bizarre because he was the only black guy at the fair with those short, wiry dreadlocks.
“He was the only person there who could have been Coolio.”
Coolio with Australian DJ Mowgli May at a show in Maitland in 2019
Coolio has toured Australia several times, also playing The Falls Festival and, memorably, a suburban Brisbane pub for a cover price of US$30 in 2018
“I had to say, ‘This is Coolio, you have to let him in!
“Coolio just gestured to himself and shrugged.”
The bouncer sized up the rapper, and Coolio’s gentle response made him realize his mistake without embarrassment.
Coolio has toured Australia several times, also playing The Falls Festival and, memorably, a suburban Brisbane pub for a cover price of US$30 in 2018.
Music writer Dan Condon told the ABC that Coolio gave a perfect performance in front of “100 drunk people on a Friday night … at Chardons Corner Hotel, a dingy, rough-looking pub.”
“Coolio gave us everything on Friday night and it was lovely,” said Mr. Condon.
He only played in Australia at Luna Park in Sydney in April 2022.
Mr Moffat said many hip-hop acts could be a handful of being “treated like royalty”.
“Unfortunately, many of them don’t grow old gracefully, but he wasn’t demanding.
‘He was a nice man.
Groovin the Moo security denied Coolio access to the stage while greeting fans during a performance (pictured, Groovin the Moo, Canberra in 2019)
Rich Moffat said Coolio’s music transcended time and became part of the cultural fabric
“He was happy to let the musicians around him take the spotlight. It wasn’t just about him.’
Mr Moffat said Coolio was a rare musician.
“He was obviously a huge star in the ’90s, but he became one of those incredibly rare retro acts that everyone knows at least one song by, even the kids.
“His music transcended time and became part of the cultural fabric.”
Coolio released Gangster’s Paradise in 1995 and the song topped the charts in the US, UK, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
The single itself has sold over six million copies worldwide and is taken from his four-time platinum, Grammy-nominated, 17-track album of the same name.
Mr Moffat also posted on Facebook: “RIP Coolio. I loved meeting this legend at both Falls and GTM at different times.
Source: | Dailymail.co.uk
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