The latest larynxial victim to join the seemingly unending list of artists recently sidelined with throat problems is Maxwell, who cancelled his brief U.S. tour on Friday, citing vocal swelling and hemorrhaging.
The AP reports that the singer's six-date run, which was to comprise three two-night "residencies" in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Newark, New Jersey, from July 20 through August 4, will be refunded and that Maxwell will be resting and "undergoing treatment," per a statement from his representative. The dates were supposed to be a vehicle for the singer's comeback from his latest comeback, during which he was expected to play his entire discography (Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite and Embrya on the first night, then Now and 2009's Grammy award-winning BLACKsummers'night on the second) in addition to several never-performed songs, as well as sell merchandise benefitting President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
Maxwell admits the tour cancellation "sucks," but promised to return to the road once a new album called blackSUMMERS'night is released "later this year." Which, hopefully for the First Family, comes before November 6.