Frank Ocean confirmed that he's got a new album on the way during his highly-anticipated Coachella performance on Sunday night. He did so while reflecting on the loss of his brother, Ryan, who died in a car accident in 2020.
“It’s been so long. Everybody talks about how long it’s been. ‘It’s been so long, it’s been so long.’ But I have missed you,” Frank told the audience between songs. “I want to talk about why I’m here, because it’s not because of a new album. It’s because — not that there’s not a new album… but there’s not right now. Chill, chill, chill. No, it’s not right now.”
Frank Ocean At Panorama Music Festival
He continued: “These last couple years, my life changed so much… My brother and I, we came to this festival a lot, and I feel like I was dragged out here half the time because I hated the dust out here. I always left with a respiratory infection or whatever, so I would avoid coming, but I would always end up here. One of my fondest memories was watching Rae Sremmurd on — I don’t know what that stage is called — watching Rae Sremmurd with my brother and Travis [Bennett]. We were just dancing in that tent to their music… I know he would’ve been so excited to be here with all of us, and I want to say thank you for the support and the ears and the love over all this time.”
As for the rest of the performance, Ocean's setlist boasted songs spanning the entirety of his career. He performed early tracks like “Novocane,” “Crack Rock,” and “Bad Religion,” to Blonde hits like “White Ferrari” and “Nights," as well as newer songs such as "In My Room." At the end of the night, he remarked, “Guys, I’m being told it’s curfew, so that’s the end of the show. Thank you so much.”
Frank Ocean's Tribute To Ryan