Childish Gambino is Done, Long Live Donald Glover
Although he’s notoriously elusive in his personal life, you don’t have to try very hard to find Donald Glover out in the world. His TV show “Atlanta” is a cultural touchstone and a critical darling, and he’ll be in hundreds of theaters this summer as the smooth-talking Lando Calrissian in Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” However, it soon looks like the one place you may no longer find him is at a concert – at least, not under his stage name Childish Gambino.
MTV reported that Glover recently announced dates for a Childish Gambino tour in support of his Grammy award-winning 2016 album “Awaken, My Love!”, which will be kicking off on September 6th in Atlanta and wrapping up in Vancouver, BC on September 30th. Glover’s hardly a stranger to live shows, but this announcement is coming hot on the heels of a Grammys press conference where he reaffirmed his commitment to retiring his rap alter-ego after his fourth album, slated to come out sometime this year. There’s no word yet on plans to tour after the release of the album, but considering his history of leaving projects at their peak, there’s no promise that he’ll ever return to the stage as Childish Gambino.
However, it’s worth noting that Glover may see Gambino’s retirement as an opportunity. He’s quoted as saying “I like endings; I think they’re important to progress”, and it’s possible he simply believes his music has outgrown the title he copied from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator. That said, the fans who became familiar with him entirely through the lens of Childish Gambino will certainly be sad to see the artist go.