Frank Ocean Suffered ‘Severe’ Harm Earlier than Coachella Set

Frank Ocean reportedly suffered a “severe” ankle damage previous to his polarizing efficiency at Coachella this previous weekend.

The reclusive R&B star headlined the Indio, California competition on Sunday evening (April 16), delivering arguably essentially the most anticipated set of the complete weekend after a six-year hiatus from performing.

However his long-awaited comeback left many followers underwhelmed. After gracing the stage nearly an hour late, Frank devoted roughly 1 / 4 of his 80-minute set to a “rave combine” from DJ Crystallmess and later mouthed alongside to a few of his personal songs, together with “Nikes” and “Nights.”

The efficiency, which followers at house have been anticipating to livestream on YouTube till the printed was mysteriously pulled on the final minute, ended on an abrupt and anticlimactic observe, with Frank telling the gang: “Guys, I’m being informed it’s curfew, in order that’s the top of the present. Thanks a lot.”

An injured foot could also be partly accountable for his shortcomings, although. In accordance with TMZ, Frank Ocean sustained a “severe” ankle damage whereas rehearsing for the present simply days earlier than his onstage comeback.

The accident reportedly occurred whereas Frank was using a motorcycle across the Empire Polo Membership grounds, the place the competition is hosted. The damage was extreme sufficient for medical doctors to advise the singer to vary his stage manufacturing, forcing a deliberate ice rink to be scrapped.

TMZ added {that a} casting director had recruited over 100 native hockey gamers for the efficiency, with the athletes rehearsing on an elevated ice rink at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

When the hockey gamers arrived at Coachella on Sunday, although, they have been informed the skating routine had been axed. As a substitute, they joined Frank on stage as background dancers (or extra precisely, walkers) and have been draped out in customized Prada.

The Festive Owl moreover claimed that “Coachella needed to deconstruct the accepted stage (that had been deliberate and signed off on for months prematurely) + soften the complete ice rink after which set it up how Frank determined right now with no warning. Which is what you ended up seeing, and brought about the hour lengthy delay.

“This all occurred when doorways had already open for Sunday, and other people have been securing their spots to see him. If the final minute adjustments weren’t made he wouldn’t have carried out in any respect — leaving the competition with out a closing headliner. Frank additionally personally pulled the plug on the final second on the dwell stream which left a really bitter style in lots of inside Coachella mouths.”

Frank Ocean Sheds Mild On New Music Plans With Blonded Posters

Regardless of the frustration over his Coachella efficiency, Frank Ocean did excite followers by hinting that he has a brand new album within the works.

“It’s been so lengthy. Everyone talks about how lengthy it’s been. ‘It’s been so lengthy, it’s been so lengthy.’ However I’ve missed you,” he informed the gang throughout a quick intermission. “I wish to discuss why I’m right here, as a result of it’s not due to a brand new album. Not that there’s not a brand new album… however there’s not proper now.”

He additionally touched on the tragic demise of his youthful brother Ryan Breaux, who was killed on the tender age of 18 in a automobile accident in 2020.

“These final couple years, my life modified a lot,” he added. “My brother and I, we got here to this competition loads, and I really feel like I used to be dragged out right here half the time as a result of I hated the mud out right here. I at all times left with a respiratory an infection or no matter, so I’d keep away from coming, however I’d at all times find yourself right here.

“Considered one of my fondest recollections was watching Rae Sremmurd on — I don’t know what that stage known as — watching Rae Sremmurd with my brother and Travis [Bennett]. We have been simply dancing in that tent to their music… I do know he would’ve been so excited to be right here with all of us, and I wish to say thanks for the assist and the ears and the love over all this time.”

Frank Ocean is about to return to the Coachella stage on Sunday (April 13) to shut out the second and ultimate weekend of the competition, though it stays to be seen whether or not his efficiency will probably be a repeat of this previous weekend.


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