Gwen Stefani and her bandmates in No Doubt recently lost a longtime friend when their security guard Curtis Garrett passed away.
On Friday, Stefani shared the sad news with her more than 11 million Instagram followers. Many No Doubt fans chimed in that they remembered Garrett from the band’s live shows. He was a constant on their tours for years and had a close relationship with the band.
Garrett became the head of security on the band’s Rock Steady Tour in 2002. He continued on in the role for each subsequent tour since. No Doubt rose to prominence in the ’90s while leading a new wave of pop-punk and ska. For those that don’t remember, Stefani is the lead singer of No Doubt. Additionally, she co-wrote all of the band’s songs with bassist Tony Kanal.
Although the band is technically still together, No Doubt hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Push and Shove. For years, the band members have focused on solo projects, while Stefani has also found major success as a coach on The Voice. However, anything No Doubt has been a part of since the early 2000s, Garrett was indeed by the band’s side at all times. Both Stefani and Kanal are obviously mourning their longtime security guard, and took to social media to post tributes to their late friend.
Stefani shared an old sepia-toned photo of Garrett that captured the security guard perfectly. A towering, strong figure stands with his hands in his pockets with a huge smile on his face.
“Curtis I love you and I’ll see you up there,” Gwen Stefani wrote on her post.
Gwen Stefani’s Bandmate Honors Garrett in Touching Post
In addition to Gwen Stefani’s post, bassist Tony Kanal shared a lengthier tribute, which the singer reposted as well on her own account. Kanal’s original post shared another photo of Garrett smiling ear to ear. The security guard is wearing a hat with his nickname “Big C” embroidered on the back. Kanal also posted an old video of Garrett while on tour together.
“Big C, Curtis Garrett was our head of security from the Rock Steady tour onwards. He was a gracious and gentle man with a never ending smile and infectious laugh. Curtis was an essential part of our No Doubt touring family for many years,” Kanal began his heartfelt post.
“Everything about Curtis was larger than life and yet at the same time he embodied peace and calm,” Gwen Stefani’s bandmate added. “If you were ever at a No Doubt show when he was running things you may have seen him. He was the one in charge of making sure everyone in the venue was safe. I would sometimes sit in on his daily briefings and watch him instruct that night’s security team on how he wanted the audience treated: with care, kindness and respect.”
“Curtis passed away a few days ago. I hadn’t seen him in years and I regret not staying in touch. My memories of him are indelible. Thank you Curtis for looking after us on all those tours. Thank you for taking care of [Stephen Bradley] and I on our all-nighters and making sure we didn’t get into too much trouble. Hope you are at peace man. You are missed,” Kanal concluded.