BlackSUMMERS’night, which marks Maxwell’s fifth studio album and second installment in his musical triology, was released in July.
Rolling Stone calls the LP “his most consistent set since his debut, Urban Hang Suite, in 1996.” The four-star review declares, “From the dub-reggae bass line of ‘Lake by the Ocean’ to the sunshine-filled horn blasts of ‘Fingers Crossed,’ the music evokes a tradition disappearing before our eyes – the spiritualized eroticism of Prince, the jazzy soul extensions of Earth, Wind and Fire – without ever being of it.”
Blige is putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2014’s The London Sessions.
“Mary is the epitome of soul,” Maxwell says. “She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can’t wait to get on the road with her.”
Blige is also looking forward to the tour. She says, “Maxwell’s music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colorful tone that speaks to the hearts of women. His music makes them feel loved and I’m excited to get on the road with him.”
Before playing the U.S., Maxwell and Blige are headed to Europe in October. Here’s the plan for the stateside routing of “The King and Queen of Hearts Tour.”
Nov. 5 – Baltimore, Md., Royal Farms Arena
Nov. 6 – Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Nov. 9 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 10 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
Nov. 12 – St. Louis, Mo., Scottrade Center
Nov. 14 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Nov. 16 – Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 18 – Auburn Hills, Mich., The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Nov. 19 – Indianapolis, Ind., Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov. 20 – Memphis, Tenn., FedExForum
Nov. 22 – Charlotte, N.C., Spectrum Center
Nov. 23 – Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
Nov. 25 – Atlanta, Ga., Philips Arena
Nov. 26 – Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 29 – Miami, Fla., AmericanAirlines Arena
Dec. 1 – New Orleans, La., Smoothie King Center
Dec. 2 – Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
Dec. 3 – Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
Dec. 6 – Inglewood, Ca., Forum
Dec. 7 – Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
Dec. 9 – Las Vegas, Nev., T-Mobile Arena
Dec. 11 – Bossier City, La., CenturyLink Center
Dec. 12 – Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
Dec. 14 – Chicago, Ill., United Center
Ro James appears as a special guest on all shows except Kansas City and Chicago.
VIP packages are available now. Tickets for most dates go on sale to the general public Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. local time. General onsales for St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Houston begin Sept. 16.