Gil had one of the morning matinee slots at Coachella '99 on one of the smaller stages. At the time I had absolutely no idea how fortunate I was to have caught him and to have heard "There's a War Going On," which I STILL don't think has ever made it onto an album.
He always bristled if you called him a progenitor of rap music, but there was no denying he could lay down a great rap.
He loved jazz and he loved cocaine; I wish he'd loved one more and one less - but don't know if either was possible.
SpiceWorld did indeed rule the fucking world. Loved Meatloaf's line when the bathroom on the bus was broke again, "I'd do ANYTHING for these girls... but I won't do THAT."; pure chedder at it's finest.