Words by Whit James
Childish Gambino, otherwise known as Donald Glover, announced that tickets would be going on sale for his national tour Friday, March 9th. The acclaimed rapper is bringing Rae Sremmurd along with him for the 13-date tour. Gambino's concerts have a reputation for being wildly creative; the artist announced three days prior that he would be holding another exclusive Pharos concert featuring new music. This show is only being performed in New Zealand, and it will be a very unique experience. The tour stateside might bring some of that new creativity to the fold in concert, but thats pure speculation. Beginning in September in Atlanta, the tour will travel most of the United States and will end in Vancouver, British Columbia.
FALL 2018 TOUR DATES
Sept. 6 – Atlanta, Ga. - Infinite Energy Arena
Sept. 8 – Chicago, Ill. - United Center
Sept. 10 – Toronto, O.N. - Air Canada Centre
Sept. 12 – Boston, Mass. - TD Garden
Sept. 14 – New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden
Sept. 18 – Philadelphia, Pa. - Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 19 – Washington, D.C. - Capital One Arena
Sept. 22 – Houston, Texas - Toyota Center
Sept. 23 – Dallas, Texas - American Airlines Center
Sept. 26 – Los Angeles, Calif. - The Forum
Sept. 27 – Oakland, Calif. - Oracle Arena
Sept. 29 – Seattle, Wash. - Key Arena
Sept. 30 – Vancouver, B.C, - Rogers Arena
The mysterious persona that is Glover had said earlier last year that he would be retiring the alter-ego of Childish Gambino after the release of his fourth album. For many, this concert could be the first and last time one can see Gambino live. Who's to say whether or not he will commit quitting rap after this next project; many artists come in and out of retirement. Though Glover may break that mold. He's exhibited symptoms of being a true renaissaince artist in his career showbusiness; writing on 30 Rock, performing on Community, and now directing his own show, Atlanta. Could he move on from music forever?
Judging from this portfolio, I believe that Glover will be very busy in the show business world with various projects he's featuring in and working on in the coming years. That workload does not leave much time for Glover to also continue to cultivate his ideas musically. He's stated that he sees himself as an artist, and cannot be confined to just one medium of art. This next tour may be one of the last times one can see the artist Childish Gambino before Glover sheds the name to move on to something more. Right now that seems to be directing and acting, but keep in mind that only the name Childish Gambino is being retired. While Glover seems to be turning his focus to another medium right now, it's unlikely someone as talented as he would turn away from producing music indefinitely.