A Tribe Called Quest explain their Outside Lands cancellation in letter to fans
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A Tribe Called Quest have been one of the bigger headlines in hip-hop since returning with their first studio album in nearly two decades with 2016’s We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service. So it only made sense that their performance cancellation(s) at Outside Lands Music Festival over the weekend ended up being one of the event’s top stories.

Following two separate cancellations over the weekend on both Friday and Saturday, the band have now shared their no-show explanation to fans through an open letter published in the L.A. Times on Monday. They quickly revealed that the absence of their late friend and bandmate in Phife Dawg during concerts a few nights prior was to blame for their cancellation.

“In show business there is a notion that the 'show must go on' no matter what," the open letter reads. “Sometimes though, when you have lost someone close, you are riddled with the notion that there is no going on.”

They would continue in explaining that they "wanted to play for [the fans] and honor Phife's wife in their hometown. Unfortunately, everything did not come together before the closing curfew. For that, we are deeply sorry. We look to correct this and regain your confidence.”

Tribe did make a point in saying that they will make things right for their no-show for the fans who may have paid a lot of money and traveled a long way to see them. Nothing has been officially announced or rumored, but fans should expect the iconic rap group to return with their own San Francisco concert in make up for their Outside Lands absence. 

The veteran group, who originated in Queens, New York in the mid-80s, have celebrated their comeback with multiple solo and festival performances with the surviving three founding members. The fourth founding member, Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, passed away at the age of 45 in 2016 from diabetes.

The band’s recent performance to close out New York’s Panorama Music Festival last month has also been rumored to have been their final concert in their hometown.