The show did not go on for G-Eazy (born Gerald Gillum) on Monday night (July 9). The “Good Life” rapper was reportedly stopped at the border on his way to a headlining gig at Cowboys Music Festival in Calgary and turned away by customs officials. According to TMZ, it is unclear what the issue was, but the venue slated to host the show released a statement Monday night that read, “Cowboys regrets to inform you that G-Eazy is unable to perform tonight due to reasons beyond our control.”
The festival promised to make it up to fans and offered refunds at the point of purchase. “Calgary's biggest hip hop party will rage on tonight,” read the statement. “We will still have an amazing line up of hip hop dj's and entertainment… We're going to make it up to you and make it rain with tens of thousands of dollars in cash to our amazing fans tonight.”
The July 5-15 event boasts a line-up that includes Kygo, Steven Tyler, Jon Pardi, Marshmello, Kip Moore, Big & Rich, DJ Pauly D and more.
The Calgary Herald talked to a number of fans who were very bummed that their favorite rapper was a no-show. “I'm so choked,” said Melissa Keegan, who was attending with a friend who paid $400 for three tickets to Monday's show. “Straight up… it's not cool.”
In an email to the Herald on Monday, the Canadian Border services Agency said it does not speak about specific cases and would not comment about what caused the G-Eazy issue.
“Admissibility of all travellers is decided on a case-by-case basis and based on the information made available to the border services officer at the time of entry,” read a statement. “All persons seeking entry to Canada must demonstrate they meet the requirements to enter and/or stay in Canada.
It's been a rough few weeks for Eazy, 29, after girlfriend Halsey announced on July 3 that the couple were taking “some time apart” after a year of dating. In May, Eazy pleaded guilty to assault and drug charges following his arrest at a Swedish nightclub after police discovered 1.5 ounces of cocaine and a rolled-up hundred-dollar bill on him at the time of his detainment; the incident reportedly turned violent when the rapper allegedly assaulted a security guard during his club appearance at a Stockholm nightspot.
A spokesperson for G-Eazy could not be reached for comment at press time.