A representative for the musician confirmed to Variety that Frank Ocean will not be performing his scheduled headlining set at Coachella this Sunday. His replacement, according to a person familiar with the matter, will be Blink-182. Frank Ocean won’t be performing at Coachella’s second weekend, according to the statement.
“In the week preceding weekend 1, he broke his leg while attending a festival. Frank Ocean was unable to execute the planned activities but was still determined to perform, thus it was necessary to reconstruct the show within 72 hours. Ocean is unable to perform weekend 2 owing to two fractures and a sprain in his left leg, per the doctor’s recommendation.
Ocean closes the note by saying, “‘It was hectic. Even turmoil has its beauty. Frank Ocean said, “I did enjoy being out there and I’ll see you soon. It isn’t what I intended to show.” The revelation comes after days of controversy surrounding Ocean’s divisive performance during the festival’s first weekend, which was musically strong but uneven and hampered by significant production problems:
A complex performance featuring an ice rink and numerous skaters was scheduled but abruptly canceled. Numerous reports claim that the large production was unexpectedly called off on Sunday, just hours before Ocean’s scheduled performance, since the singer decided he didn’t want to do it. However, the official statement claims that it was postponed due to an ankle ailment the artist had sustained earlier in the week.
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Although recordings of the concert, which was not live-streamed, show that he performed inventive new arrangements of several of his songs, overall the energy was low; he and the band were obscured by a battery of people walking in a circle around the stage (a revision of the original plan to have him surrounded by ice skaters); and the pacing was bizarre: a seemingly random DJ set was dropped into the middle, leading many to wonder why.
Additionally, according to reports, the last-minute production modification was the reason it began an hour late. On the opening weekend of the festival, Blink-182’s original lineup surprised audiences by playing live for the first time since singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge departed the group in 2014.
The band “wasted no time reembracing the juvenile, fun, ridiculous double-time punk-pop that made them breakthrough radio stars in the late ’90s and early aughts,” according to Variety’s assessment. “The band shared the same Jackass-style ease they did 20 years ago in their prime, with DeLonge and [bassist Mark] Hoppus cracking wise about genitals, the Dalai Llama, and UTIs as they blasted through their set.”
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Despite the fact that the band’s tour had to be postponed earlier this year due to drummer Travis Barker’s finger injury, “there was no sign of injury here — his playing felt crisp and precise, and the band felt tight and rehearsed,” the review continues. Coachella 2023 is still sure to end with a bang, even though fans eager to watch what would have been only Ocean’s second show since 2017 may be disappointed.
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