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Frank Ocean’s Coachella performance last Sunday (April 16) was so weird that so much of it happened backstage, some critics thought it must have been a deliberate, clever reconfiguration of expectations for the festival’s headliners. Or something. Ocean himself later said, “That’s not what I meant to show” and canceled his performance at Coachella’s second weekend, which his reps said was on doctor’s orders due to a leg injury. All in all, while the world is still waiting for a sequel to 2016’s instant-classic, no one expected it from his first performance since 2017. Blonde.
In the new chapter Now Rolling Stone Music, Tomasz Meier (who covers Coachella) and Simon Wojciech-Levinson join host Brian Hiatt to discuss Ocean’s potential mindset, whether it’s okay to admit that even geniuses can have bad nights on stage (the answer is “no” to Justin Bieber), and Ocean’s full record so far. A brilliant and chaotic life. Find the chapter Here Go directly to the podcast provider of your choice Apple Podcasts Or SpotifyOr press play above.
We also discuss the new details included Rolling Stone100 ice skaters were set to join the performance before Ocean suddenly changed his mind (again, his representatives blamed a leg injury for any changes.)
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