Drake only has few dates left on his Summer Sixteen tour, but due to a recent ankle injury, the “One Dance” rapper has been forced to postpone a couple of dates. After performing more than 50 shows since the tour kicked off on July 20, Drizzy will have to reschedule upcoming dates in Toronto, Philadelphia and Newark, New Jersey.
“We are over 50 shows in and I have done everything to power through my recent ankle injury and leave it all out there on the stage every night. I hate to be told I can’t do something, but under doctor’s orders to allow me time to recuperate, I am being forced to postpone the intense three shows in a row in cities which have only ever shown me unconditional support,” Drake wrote in letter posted to his October’s Very Own website.
Drake was scheduled to perform in Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Newark in the upcoming weeks but due to the “intense” schedule, one show in Toronto, one in Philly and one in Newark have been moved to a later date.
“Toronto (my hometown) and Philadelphia (a city that was one of the loudest and showed so much love) are two of the intense three in a row show cycle that will be postponed. I was asked to postpone both Newark shows, but I have yet to perform there and so we compromised at one,” Drake continued in his letter.
According to Ticketmaster, the Oct. 8 show in Toronto and the Oct. 15 show in Newark are still on while the the Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 shows have been postponed. No dates for the Philadelphia show has been announced yet.
Drake concluded his letter by telling his fans how “crushed” he was to make the announcement but promised fans that he would make it up to them. “Thank you again for your understanding and I can’t wait to see you all again with new music and a stronger ankle.”
It's uncertain how Drake injured his ankle, but the rapper posted about it on his Instagram two weeks ago, writing, “Two sprains and I’m still rolling like roll tide.”