tribe-called-quest-letter
Photo: Billboard

A Tribe Called Quest Explains Outside Lands Absence In Heartfelt Apology Letter

A Tribe Called Quest crushed the hopes of eager fans the past weekend when the group cancelled their performance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival not once, but two times, with little notice. The legendary act has followed up its absence with an earnest, lengthy apology letter published in the Los Angeles Times that attributes the no show to being overwhelmed with emotion.

After a direct apology, the letter details a performance in Colorado the night before their scheduled appearance at Outside Lands:

Upon the eve of playing for you, we performed not to a mixed crowd of festival patrons but to a filled house of solely Questers. It was humbling. The beautiful Red Rock amphitheater was filled with voices helping us get through a difficult performance without our brother Phife. You would think that with every performance we heal a little more and the sadness is easier to handle. Sometimes that is the case and sometimes the grief and loss is compounded. Although the house was filled with love and we felt it all, we also felt the huge void of Phife’s absence. We walked off that stage deep in grief.

The apology continues, describing how the grief left the group unfit to perform on Saturday, and how “everything did not come together before the closing curfew” the following night, when ATCQ was finally ready to take the stage.

The letter promises that Tribe will make up the absence to its fans, and goes on to thank Outside Lands’ organizers. “We will correct this and regain your confidence,” the letter reads.

Promoters cited “unforeseen travel issues” as the cause of Tribe’s initial no-show—RAC and Little Dragon changed their scheduled set times to fill the slot. After ATCQ missed Saturday night’s rescheduled performance, organizers released a statement:

Due to further travel complications, A Tribe Called Quest could not make their re-scheduled festival performance. Outside Lands has done everything in our power to accommodate these unfortunate circumstances and we deeply regret the disappointment this has caused our fans.

It’s not yet clear how Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi intend to make good on missing the show. The trio performed what they called the group’s final New York City concert last month. You can read their full apology letter here.

Related Posts

News
News

Q-Tip Says He and A Tribe Called Quest “Don’t Intend On Stopping”

News
News

Phife Dawg’s Posthumous Album Slated For 2017 Release

News
News

Listen to ‘Wanna Dance’ From Phife Dawg’s Posthumous Album

News
News

A Tribe Called Quest Announces Final Album, to Be Released Next Month

News
News

Q-Tip Details New ATCQ Album, ‘We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service,’ in New Interview

Ad

Latest News

Sauce Heist Music

PREMIERE: Sauce Heist x Camoflauge Monk “Z-BO”

Bronx and Buffalo connect!
mase Music

Ma$e Drops Cam’Ron Diss “The Oracle”

Turning Holiday cheer to Killa season
Music Video

PREMIERE: Tedy Andreas “Ill Intentions”

"If you in my bedroom, hope it's still roach-infested"
Kool G Rap Features

Kool G. Rap Speaks on The Making Of ‘Live And Let Die’

Giancana tells the tales behind an underrated classic, 25 years later
czarquan and tony seltzer mixtape 'hunting season' Music

PREMIERE: Czarquan and Tony Seltzer Present ‘Hunting Season’

A dope mixtape coming out of New York's underground
Keith Sweat Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 29: Something Just Ain’t Right

In search of the real release date for Keith Sweat's debut album
kanye-west-ebay Features

Black Friday: The 20 Most Expensive Hip Hop Collectables on eBay

The best way to break the bank today
Music

PREMIERE: Booda French “Masterpiece”

King Kashmere whippin' the pot
Features

It’s The Most Gluttonous Time Of The Year!

Happy Thanksgiving
Arin Ray Music

PREMIERE: Arin Ray “Stressin”

The Cincinnati singer keeps it real about relationships
Video

Smoke A Blunt With Trippie Redd

Let's go to Mars!
Music Video

PREMIERE: Magno Garcia ft. King Author & Code 9 “Raise the Conscious” Video

Produced by Giallo Point
Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 28: Every Action Has An Equal And Opposite Reaction

Let's talk about something that really matters
Music Video

PREMIERE: Skipp Whitman “Slow Down”

"Momma told me slow down, I'm about to lose my control"
Art

Lil Peep Vigils Occurring All Around the World

Pink candles for the Goth Angel Sinner
Music Video

PREMIERE: Baby Bash & Frankie J “Candy Coated Dreamer” Video

"She did it all for the dream"