Frank Ocean canceled his scheduled Sunday (November 6) show in New York City just one hour before his set time. The Odd Future singer/songwriter cited illness after making the announcement via his Tumblr page, writing “New York is Canceled.”
Ocean kicked off the planned six-city tour in his hometown of New Orleans on Saturday night, but after rehearsing at the Bowery Ballroom the following day, while some fans were already lined up outside, he canceled the show.
“Or should I say postponed,” explained the 24-year-old. “I played last night in new orleans on antibiotics and some other meds. Got sick a cpl [sic] days before I left Los Angeles. Woke up this morning in New York and could barely speak. Called a doctor to my hotel, got a steroid shot. Took some more meds. Laid in bed all day till soundcheck, got to the venue and could barely sing any of my songs. I’m really sorry yall. I been workin on this show for months, did everything I could to make it special for yall. I’ll be back soon as I’m healthy. That’s my word. Tickets will be valid for that, or you guys can get refunded. Damn. This shit sucks.”
Back in February, Ocean released his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape via his Tumblr page, which spawned the internet-to-radio hits “Swim Good” and “Novacane.” Then, just last month, he announced plans to set off on the small tour.
The tour was scheduled to make stops in the Netherlands, London and Paris before concluding in Los Angeles on November 15 prior to the cancellation. There is no word yet on whether the tour will continue as of press time.—Gina Montana