During the last set of shows in Los Angeles and New York, A Tribe Called Quest have been reminding fans of some bittersweet news. The group had been performing at festivals all over (and outside of) the country following the release of their critically-acclaimed 2016 album, We Got It from Here… Thank You for Your Service…, and on Sunday (July 30), they made the announcement that the end of an era is here.
During their set at Panorama on Sunday, the legendary group revealed that it would be their final New York show “ever.”
“This is our last show here in New York. That’s it as Tribe. You know, we gotta honor our brother, Phife Dawg,” said Q-Tip during their headlining set. Tip’s message echoed comments he similarly shared at FYF Fest last weekend. “This is our final performance here in L.A. as Tribe, obviously because Phife Dawg, our anchor, has been called to another mission.”
Of course, this isn’t the last time the group performed a “final” show in New York. Back in 2013, the group performed what was intended to be their last show during Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour. They later surprised fans during a Busta Rhymes show in New York City.
The Tribe reunion came into fruition following the untimely passing of Phife Dawg in 2016. Last year, Q-Tip spoke to Billboard and noted that the group would tour their final album and “after that, that’s it, for the rest of our lives.” But in a separate interview, Tip did note that fans should “stay tuned for any other incarnation.”