Frank Ocean Calls In Sick To His New York Show

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Last night Frank Ocean was scheduled to play his first New York show at the Bowery Ballroom, but about an hour before the 9 p.m. scheduled showtime the word came down via his Tumblr: He was too sick to perform, having contracted some sort of illness in Los Angeles a few days ago that apparently hit full bloom just as he arrived in New York. (Although he apparently sounded fine on Saturday night when he kicked off his tour in his hometown of New Orleans. He covered Sade!) Ocean's statement in full, and a video from Saturday, after the jump.


Frank Ocean (and a very enthusiastic crowd), "Thinking About You" (live in New Orleans, November 5, 2011)

new york is cancelled.

or should i say postponed. i played last night in new orleans, on antibiotics and some other meds. got sick a cpl 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 allday till soundcheck, got to the venue and could barely sing any of my songs. im 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. thats my word. tickets will be valid for that, or you guys can get refunded. damn. this shit sucks.

Ocean joins The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey in the apparently still-growing category of "much-buzzed-about acts who postponed their New York gigs at the last minute." Wait, three's a trend, right?

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