Now we may know why Frank Ocean’s Chris Brown-slamming, lyrics-only remix of Migos’ “Vesace” came with “no audio” — the channel ORANGE auteur has been battling with throat problems. As Billboard reports, Ocean has canceled the rest of his mini-tour to Australia on account of a torn vocal cord. The ailment also raises questions about two North American dates Ocean has scheduled for August 3 and 4.
The diagnosis followed voice problems during Ocean’s Down Under mini-tour kick-off July 25 in Melbourne. “After last night’s concert … it was necessary to seek medical advice due to vocal issues Frank Ocean experienced during the show,” Live Nation wrote in a statement on Facebook. “It has subsequently been confirmed that Frank has suffered a small tear to one of his vocal cords and has received medical advice that he must rest his voice.”
Ocean had been set to perform again today at Melbourne’s Festival Hall, but that show has been scrapped, according to Live Nation. Also canceled are scheduled gigs at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on July 29 and July 30. His show at this weekend’s Splendour in the Grass Festival at Australia’s Byron Bay is also nixed.
Ocean’s next scheduled dates are at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival on August 3 and at Toronto’s OVO Festival on August 4. There’s no official word on whether he will be making those appearances, but it’s hard to imagine his vocal cord will have un-torn itself by next week. Or do you not think so far ahead?