It’s hard to believe, but the supple-voiced singer Maxwell is already due for a comeback from his latest comeback. Almost three years after releasing the tour de force BLACKsummers’night, itself the artist’s first album since 2001’s Now, Maxwell has announced a short set of arena dates this summer. The shows, six in all, will be his first since June 2010 — the man knows how to leave ’em wanting more.
Stopping through Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Newark, Maxwell plans two-night stands in each city. Backed by an 11-piece band, Maxwell will be performing 1996 album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and 1998’s Embrya on his first night in each city, and then performing Now and BLACKsummers’night on the second. According to an announcement, the shows will include songs he has never before performed live.
Maxwell is no stranger to making bedfellows, so don’t be surprised that his brief tour also marks a foray into politics. Customized merchandise benefiting President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign will be on sale at certain shows, and Obama for America will be at the concerts signing up volunteers to help register voters in battleground states, according to the announcement. “Call the president and ask him, baby / To pardon me and bring you back to me,” Maxwell sings on BLACKsummers’night‘s “Playing Possum,” so maybe he owes the White House a favor. (Or maybe the president owes Maxwell one — the First Lady is a documented fan.)
Maxwell tour dates:
July 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center *
July 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center ^
July 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena *
July 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena ^
August 3 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center *
August 4 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center ^
* Performing Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and Embrya
^ Performing Now and BLACKsummers’night