How Coolio was nearly kicked out of his own concert in Australia

An Australian music tour organizer recalled the unflappable way rap legend Coolio, who died this week, handled being mistakenly denied stage access.

Groovin The Moo booker Rich Moffat paid a warm tribute to the Gangsta’s Paradise singer, who died aged 59 after an apparent cardiac arrest on September 28.

Coolio was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, according to the star’s longtime manager, Jarez.

Moffat, who met Coolio on several occasions and booked him to play Groovin the Moo in 2019 and the Falls Festival in 2010, said the rapper was a humble man who loved Australia.

Coolio, who died on September 28 at age 59, wrote his worldwide smash hit Gangster's Paradise for the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds (Coolio and Mrs. Pfeiffer pictured)

Coolio, who died on September 28 at age 59, wrote his worldwide smash hit Gangster’s Paradise for the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds (Coolio and Mrs. Pfeiffer pictured)

Coolio (right) rubs shoulders with Groovin the Moo promoter Steve Halpin (right) and music booker Rich Moffat (center) on their 2019 tour

Coolio (right) rubs shoulders with Groovin the Moo promoter Steve Halpin (right) and music booker Rich Moffat (center) on their 2019 tour

Coolio (right) rubs shoulders with Groovin the Moo promoter Steve Halpin (right) and music booker Rich Moffat (center) on their 2019 tour

That was despite being once denied stage access by an overzealous security guard on a tour of Australia in 2019.

Coolio forgot his lanyard and walked offstage to meet fans during a performance.

Brain-frozen, an overzealous security guard refused to let him back onstage.

But the rapper handled the situation with classic Coolio smoothness, Moffat recalled.

“I don’t think this security guard would let him back down, which was weird because he was the only black guy in the show 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 with Australian DJ Mowgli May at a show in Maitland in 2019

Coolio with Australian DJ Mowgli May at a show in Maitland in 2019

Coolio toured Australia several times, also playing The Falls Festival and, memorably, a suburban Brisbane pub for a $30 ticket price in 2018.

Coolio toured Australia several times, also playing The Falls Festival and, memorably, a suburban Brisbane pub for a $30 ticket price in 2018.

Coolio toured Australia several times, also playing The Falls Festival and, memorably, a suburban Brisbane pub for a $30 ticket price in 2018.

‘I had to say ‘this is Coolio, let’s drop it!

‘Coolio just gestured to himself and shrugged.’

The bouncer appraised the rapper and Coolio’s bland response allowed him to realize his mistake unashamedly.

Coolio toured Australia several times, also playing The Falls Festival and, memorably, a suburban Brisbane pub for a $30 ticket price in 2018.

Music writer Dan Condon told ABC that Coolio put on a perfect performance in front of “100 drunken people on a Friday night…at Chardons Corner Hotel, a grim, rough-looking pub.”

“Coolio gave us everything Friday night, and it was glorious,” Condon said.

He played in Australia in April 2022, at Luna Park in Sydney.

Moffat said that many hip hop acts can be difficult to be ‘treated like royalty’.

“Sadly, a lot of them don’t age gracefully, but he wasn’t picky.

‘He was a good man.

Groovin the Moo's security denied Coolio access to the stage when he went to greet fans during a performance (Pictured Groovin The Moo, Canberra in 2019)

Groovin the Moo's security denied Coolio access to the stage when he went to greet fans during a performance (Pictured Groovin The Moo, Canberra in 2019)

Groovin the Moo’s security denied Coolio access to the stage when he went to greet fans during a performance (Pictured Groovin The Moo, Canberra in 2019)

Rich Moffat said that Coolio's music transcended time and became part of the cultural fabric.

Rich Moffat said that Coolio's music transcended time and became part of the cultural fabric.

Rich Moffat said that Coolio’s music transcended time and became part of the cultural fabric.

“He was happy to let the musicians around him share the spotlight. It wasn’t all about him.

Moffat said that Coolio was a rare musician.

“Obviously it was a big hit in the ’90s, but it became one of those incredibly weird retro acts that everyone knows at least one song about, 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 sold over six million copies worldwide and comes from her 4x platinum, Grammy-nominated 17-track album of the same name.

Moffat also posted on Facebook: ‘RIP Coolio. I loved meeting this legend in both Falls and GTM at different times.’

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