Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Frank Ocean cancels second Coachella performance after backlash for 'chaotic' first show


Frank Ocean has canceled his second performance at Coachella this weekend, a week after his first – his first live show in six years – left many fans disappointed and confused.

A representative for the musician confirmed to Rolling Stone on Wednesday night that the upcoming performance has been canceled because the singer suffered a leg injury during the first week of the festival.

The rep added that the singer has been medically advised not to perform again due to two fractures and a sprain in his left leg.

Ocean said: “It was chaotic. There is some beauty in chaos. It’s not what I wanted to show but I enjoy being out there and I’ll see you soon.”

Blink-182 is set to take Ocean’s headlining spot, Diversity has been informed.

Ocean’s headliner performance at Coachella last Sunday was his first show since 2017. He was originally set to headline the festival in 2020 before the pandemic hit and it was rescheduled for 2023. Unlike other performances, Coachella will not be livestreamed on the YouTube channel.

The singer took the stage at around 11 a.m. local time, an hour after his scheduled time. He omitted several hit songs and used a vocal track for others, openly copying.

The show ended abruptly due to the festival’s strict Sunday midnight curfew, with Ocean stopping briefly before returning to announce the show was over.

Reports have since emerged that Ocean was originally set to perform on a custom-built ice rink, with over 100 skaters surrounding him. But the stage was scrapped just hours before the performance when it became clear that Ocean’s injury would not allow him to perform safely on the ice. Instead, 30 of the skaters speed up the stage in custom Prada outfits and face paint.

Dan and Chris Powers, brothers and former hockey players who say they were hired to skate in the performance, said Thursday that they had been rehearsing for a show in Los Angeles with about 120 other skaters. had spent the month and participated in a successful dress. rehearsed at Coachella, only to be told by most of them that their services were not needed before the show.

Dan Powers said, “Those figure skaters weren’t cut because there was a problem with the ice, not because there was something wrong.” E on the Brothers Podcastmpty netters, “There was nothing wrong. [Ocean] It was straight out like, ‘Fuck it. I’m not doing it anymore.’ And [to] these 120 people [he] Got off the bus here, he was just like, ‘You guys ain’t talking shit anymore.’ So it was kind of a wild flip.

When the brothers arrived for wardrobe and makeup they ran into some Olympic figure skaters. “He has a disgruntled look on his face, and he casually tells us that he just got a call and was cut from the show. So we’re sitting there, like, what’s happening now?

“These Olympians got cut from this Coachella performance with Frank Ocean, and they think we’re gonna move on? You’re saying goodbye to these skaters, but a bunch of dipshit ex-hockey players are gonna take that stage and buzz around so we’re already getting bad vibes here.

The brothers said they were told at 4 pm that the organizers were “trying to undercover this ice rink stage because they don’t want anybody to know it was there”.

But both praised Ocean’s commitment during rehearsals, with Chris Powers saying: “He really cares about the production. He had a very clear vision, and even though that vision changed a lot, he was always there for us.” were helping us out, making sure everyone hit what they were thinking in their head.

Ocean and his representatives did not respond to questions about the original plans for the show. Singer, who released her last album, Blonde, in 2016 new music released in 2020: Two tracks, Dear April and Kendo.