Maxwell will return to the road in late September for a series of select North American concert dates, his first since wrapping a sold-out summer tour in early August. Maxwell’s highly anticipated autumn tour kicks off at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on September 25 (please see itinerary following).
Tickets for Maxwell’s North American Fall Tour go on sale beginning August 14 at www.livenation.com.
BLACKsummers’night, the artist’s long-awaited fourth studio album, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #1 following its release on July 7 and has achieved RIAA Gold status, having sold more than 500,000 copies since its release.
Moving his classic R&B production from theaters to arenas for the second leg of his BLACKsummers’night North American tour, Maxwell’s autumn concerts will feature multiple Grammy winning R&B/rap artist Common providing main support, and 2009 Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy winner Chrisette Michele as opening act.
Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night Fall Tour w/ Common and Chrisette Michele:
Fri Sept 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre
Sat Sept 26 Detroit Joe Louis Arena (w/o Common)
Mon Sept 28 New York Madison Square Garden
Wed Sept 30 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
Fri Oct 2 Washington DC Verizon Center
Sat Oct 3 Philadelphia Wachovia Spectrum (w/o Common)
Mon Oct 5 Atlanta Phillips Arena
Tue Oct 6 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
Thu Oct 8 Chicago United Center
Fri Oct 9 St. Louis Scottrade Center
Mon Oct 12 Dallas TBA
Tue Oct 13 Houston Toyota Center
Fri Oct 16 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
Sat Oct 17 San Francisco TBA
Additional tour dates and information TBA.
Maxwell’s 2009 autumn shows mark the artist’s second run of full length concerts since breaking a then-six-year hiatus from live performance in October 2008 with a standing-room-only US tour. Maxwell’s riveting live performances were met with unanimously positive critical responses. The New York Times praised Maxwell’s Radio City Music Hall concert as “exquisite” and “powerful” while the Boston Herald lauded his “awesome talent.”
The first leg of Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night tour generated rave reviews from coast-to-coast:
“Maxwell and his band ruled,” wrote the Albany Times-Union. “Magnificent.”
“Any fears that Maxwell’s retreat after ‘Now’ in 2001 was the end of an era had been
laid to rest,” observed the Arizona Republic. “In fact, you almost had to wonder if the man’s just getting started….”
The Columbus Ohio Call & Post said, “Maxwell proved that he’s still got it after almost a decade away from the music scene.”
“Everyone was there to see Maxwell,” wrote the Buffalo News, “and not a face in the crowd wasn’t left grinning.”
According to the Austin Chronicle, “…Maxwell still epitomizes the sound that defined the neo soul genre.”
“Clearly, Maxwell’s newly shorn locks had not resulted in a Samson-like depletion of mojo,” penned the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He made sure the audience got its groove on, too.”
BLACKsummers’night is the second consecutive Maxwell album to enter the Billboard 200 at #1, the long-awaited successor to 2001’s similarly chart-topping Now. With first week’s sales of 316,499, according to SoundScan, BLACKsummers’night the best overall sales week of Maxwell’s career. BLACKsummers’night peaked at #1 on the SoundScan Album Retailer chart and the Current R&B chart.
Released on Tuesday, July 7, on CD and in a Limited Edition Deluxe CD/DVD set, BLACKsummers’night is already generating hit singles. The first, “Pretty Wings,” rocketed to the #1 slot on America’s Urban Adult radio stations after completing an earlier run as the nation’s #1 Greatest Gainer/Most-Added song at the Urban Mainstream format. “Pretty Wings” peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart, and is currently #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it’s spent 13 weeks.
“Bad Habits,” the lead track and second single from BLACKsummers’night, reached #1 Most Added song at Urban Adult radio according to Mediabase, the music industry’s first mass-airplay monitoring service. Both “Bad Habits” and “Pretty Wings” have made the Top 10 of America’s Urban Adult Contemporary charts with “Bad Habits” peaking at #7 and “Pretty Wings” locking down the #1 slot.
BLACKsummers’night reached #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums chart while “Pretty Wings” hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Singles chart.
BLACKsummers’night is the sensuous opening installment of the artist’s monumental BLACKSUMMERS’NIGHT trilogy. (The trilogy’s subsequent chapters, blackSUMMERS’night and blacksummers’NIGHT, are slated for release in 2010 and 2011 respectively.)
BLACKsummers’night reunites Maxwell with long-time collaborator Hod David, who serves as co-producer and co-writer of the album. Striving for an emotional authenticity and real world sound for the album, Maxwell and Hod recorded the entire album live in the studio with an a-list ensemble of elegantly sympathetic musicians.