Singer brought his new album 'Channel Orange' to LA last night
Frank Ocean played his first Los Angeles show since the release of his new album ‘Channel Orange’ last night (July 17).
A huge line of fans wrapped around the outside of the Wiltern theatre before the soul singer took to the stage of the historic venue. Tickets for the show had been available on eBay for up to $900 (£576) in the run up to the eagerly anticipated show in New Orleans native Ocean’s adopted hometown of LA.
Ocean opened the show with an acoustic version of the Prince/Cyndi Lauper classic ‘When You Were Mine’ to massive cheers from the crowd, who had already started screaming upon hearing that Drake was in the venue.
“That’s one of my favourite songs,” he said after playing the cover. “I like to start with my favourite song… What the fuck is up Los Angeles?”
Ocean was in a chatty mood throughout the show, asking the crowd: “Is it summer Los Angeles? Is it summer or what?” before a massive singalong to ‘Thinking Bout You’.
He was later joined onstage by fellow Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt for ‘Super Rich Kids’. As he left the stage, Earl told Ocean to “have a good show”. You can watch footage of the performance below.
Ocean introduced the new version of ‘American Wedding’ by saying the original, which sampled The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’, “Got (me) into a little bit of trouble, so I made some changes”.
The set was mostly made up of ‘Channel Orange’ material, though he did play ‘Novacane’ and ‘Strawberry Swing’ from last year’s ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ mixtape, as well as his vocal contribution to Watch The Throne’s ‘Made In America’.
Frank Ocean played:
‘When You Were Mine’
‘Thinking Bout You’
‘Super Rich Kids’
‘Made In America’
‘I Miss You’
Ocean’s post began saying that he had originally planned to publish the open letter on the liner notes for his forthcoming new album ‘Channel Orange’, but had decided to go public with it now to address speculation. He prefaced his statement saying he hopes that “the babies born these days will inherit less of the bullshit than we did”.
Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt Perform ‘Super Rich Kids’: