SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — No matter what his doctor says,
"I didn't really get any approval from my doctor, but I made a personal decision 48 hours ago that I'd be letting a lot of people down if I didn't show up and at least show them I'm there for them," Drake told MTV News on Sunday night at the Toyota Pavilion, where the tour opens on Monday (July 27). Drake took part in Lil Wayne's rehearsal. "For the last two weeks, I've been really going hard, getting all types of acupuncture, trying to bring the swelling [in my knee] down. I'm walking around — no cane. I'll put a brace on it tomorrow night. No one will probably even know I'm injured."
Drake was much more mobile on Sunday than he was at the BET Awards last month, when he performed while leaning against a stool. And although his rehab is going well, Drake is still not strong enough to perform his own solo set, so he'll come out during Lil Wayne's set, when Weezy takes a break to let the Young Money music family perform their solo records.
"I'm not doing my own set," Drizzy said. "That's one thing I have to apologize to my fans about. It's too much of a risk, if I hit that wrong turn [doing] 30 minutes every night. If I tear my ACL again, the doctors say I might not be able to walk again. I have to be cautious."
Despite being a bit inhibited onstage, Drake did insist that "we're gonna have fun." He was especially excited about having a tour that plays a lot of outdoor venues.
"That's the most exciting part, is that it's a festival tour," he said. "Every night it's weather. I wanna see what happens when it rains, see what happens when it's hot, when it's cold. It's a rush because it's unpredictable. The music means more when you're outside. You get that vibe. You got the people on the lawn. The natural air, the natural light, it's a beautiful thing to be a part of.
"The set's crazy," Drake promised. "When I get onstage, I'mma turn it into Drake's set. I think each artist on Young Money is gonna get a chance to shine."
Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival kicks off Monday night in Scranton and wraps on September 1 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.