Frank Ocean Cancels Australian Tour Due to Vocal Chord Tear
Frank Ocean has been forced to call off his sold-out Australian tour as a result of a vocal chord tear. During opening night of his inaugural tour Down Under on Thursday, the R&B singer struggled with his voice, sounding strangely off-key at times.
"After last night's concert...it was necessary to seek medical advice due to vocal issues Frank Ocean experienced," said a statement on the promoter LiveNation's Facebook page. "It has subsequently been confirmed that Frank has suffered a small tear to one of his vocal chords and has received medical advice that he must rest his voice."
After a performance of "Forrest Gump" (above) — a hit off his universally-acclaimed freshman album, channel ORANGE — Frank told the audience, “I’m sick… I don’t know if you care,” according to reports.
The mini-tour of four dates was planned around his appearance at the Splendour in the Grass music festival, hosted in the beach town of Byron Bay. But now Frank will be out of commission for that, as well.
"With Splendour already in full swing this is devastating news for the event and will be for many of our patrons," a festival spokesperson commented.
Get well soon, Frank.