Childish Gambino cuts final tour short due to injury

Donald Glover‘s rapper alter-ego, Childish Gambino, has delayed the rest of his This is America tour. He says he sustained a foot injury while onstage in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 23. Gambino cut his set short before the encore.

The rescheduled dates for the final tour were confirmed Wednesday evening. The Redbone singer is scheduled to return in December for eight final shows; the North American stops include Vancouver as the sole Canadian gig.

Childish Gambino attends Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation, on Sept. 13, 2018, in New York City.

Childish Gambino attends Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation, on Sept. 13, 2018, in New York City.

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There have been no official details on the Grammy winner’s injury, but rumours and reports are flying around the internet. TMZ recently reported that Gambino was seen in a foot brace prior to his show in Dallas, hinting at the possibility the rapper had a pre-existing problem with his foot.

Fans at the show claimed he tried dancing around onstage and doing the splits, but he seemed to be in visible pain while doing so. Gambino left the stage numerous times before walking off altogether.

Texas fans at the show were outraged by the lack of communication. Some were upset that he didn’t say goodbye or play the hits. His backup dancers stormed the stage before the encore, when Glover walked off and said, “I love you, Texas. I’ll see you soon.”

The first official statement came from the venue L.A. Forum, which confirmed the Gambino show was to be rescheduled.

After heavy fan speculation over the tour’s cancellation, a businessman who works closely with Glover — Fam Rothstein — shot down any truth of scrapping the tour by claiming it was just postponed. He backed up Glover on Twitter saying, “My guy played through the pain, but has to sit some dates out.”

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Tickets previously purchased for original dates will be honoured at all rescheduled shows. Unfortunately, the show at Seattle’s KeyArena had to be cancelled outright because of venue upgrades. Full refunds were offered by Live Nation.

“Childish Gambino has been forced to postpone his remaining This Is America Tour stops until later this year due to an injury. Tickets will be honored for the newly scheduled dates. The Seattle show is cancelled due to venue renovations and refunds for that date are available at point of purchase.”

No comment has been made by Glover’s representatives on whether he will return to finish the gig in Dallas or reschedule a future Seattle date.

Childish Gambino performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Childish Gambino performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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During the only Canadian show that took place, prior to his injury, Glover told the Toronto crowd, “If you bought a ticket to this concert, that means you bought a ticket to the last Childish Gambino tour ever.”

Gambino will complete his final tour, This is America, in December. He visits Vancouver on Dec. 7, and tickets are still available. You can find all ticket details on the official Childish Gambino website.

Rescheduled This is America tour dates:

Dec. 2 – Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 4 – Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
Dec. 7 – Vancouver, B.C. Rogers Arena
Dec. 11 – Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
Dec. 12 – San Jose, Calif., SAP Center
Dec. 15 – Phoenix, Ariz., Gila River Arena
Dec. 16 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Forum
Dec. 17 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Forum

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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