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Maxwell is back. . .

October 10, 2008

Maxwell introduced several new songs last night (Oct. 9) during a hometown show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, part of his first tour in six years. “Pretty Wings,” “Bad Habits” and “Comb” will be included on the forthcoming Columbia album “Black Summers’ Night.” No release date has been announced.

“This song, it’s about wanting to be with somebody but meeting them too early,” Maxwell told the audience of “Pretty Wings.” The moderately paced “Bad Habits” found Maxwell asking in the chorus, “Will you forgive me?,” while “Comb” showcased a two-step drum pattern with a strong horn section and a smooth guitar roll.

Flanked by a nine-piece band in black and white suits, Maxwell began the show with “Get To Know Ya” from his third and last album, 2001’s “Now.” The crowd, made of mostly couples and single ladies, sang along to each word as he ran through his most popular singles “No One,” “Lifetime” and “This Woman’s Work.”

By the time he reached “Everwanting: To Want You To Want,” he’d also reached the floor — to hump his microphone stand. The band improvised “Sumthin Sumthin,” adding the beat from Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock the Hustle,” before the crooner introduced “Pretty Wings.”

Just as he was about to launch into “Til The Cops Come Knockin’,” Maxwell stopped the music and said, “There are not enough panties on my stage right now!” One woman promptly threw a blue rose on stage and another threw a rather large pair of white panties, which Maxwell tossed over his shoulder as he finished the song. “Go get drunk, go have sex, we love ya!” he said to close the evening.

Maxwell’s tour will return to New York for a Nov. 23 finale at United Palace Theater.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2008 12:50 pm

    I love Maxwell. And, woe–the days of Luther are gone.

  2. (Cherokee) permalink
    October 12, 2008 12:55 pm

    Wow! I’m utterly speechless…for once in my life! After reading this review, I feel as if I were there enjoying the rapture of your true essence! Your words, music, and performances always captivates souls to a place of warm and fuzzy ambience! Love, love, love you Max! A tout a’ l’heure…11/12…you are so missed! The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen…God bless you always…

  3. (Cherokee) permalink
    October 14, 2008 2:43 pm


    October 13, 2008

    Massey Hall, Toronto – October 12, 2008

    Live Review: Maxwell in T.O.

    By JANE STEVENSON — Sun Media

    TORONTO – In the case of reclusive neo-soul singer Maxwell, it seems absence had definitely made the heart grow fonder.

    The 35-year-old Brooklyn native, on his first tour in six years, touched down at Massey Hall on Sunday night and the charismatic singer-songwriter was greeted by swooning females and barking males during a sexy, soulful and smooth hour-and-20-minute set.

    Maxwell has described the trek as a “pre-party tour celebration” for the forthcoming Black Summers’ Night, a trilogy of new albums he expects to release over the next three years as the followup to his last studio record, 2001’s Now.

    The first installment, titled Black, was represented on Sunday night by two strong songs, Pretty Wings and Bad Habits, which saw the crowd in the palm of his hand.

    But it was really the older material that got the nearly sold-out audience going, starting with the set-openers Get To Know Ya and No One, which saw enthusiastic fans immediately jump to their feet.

    Backed by a 10-piece band, including a three-man horn section, all decked out in black suits with bow ties – with the exception of the casually dressed percussionist and a ballroom gowned-and-long black gloves-wearing female backup singer – Maxwell has definitely updated his earlier funkier hair and clothes for a more sophisticated look.

    His long dreadlocks are gone, and along with the short hair, he wore a black suit, recalling a more modern Marvin Gaye due to his graceful dance moves and beautiful falsetto not to mention a million dollar smile and constant winks at the audience.

    While introducing the third song of the night, Lifetime, Maxwell admitted: “I took too much time. I know I took too long. I want to thank you all for being so patient.”

    Honestly, no one seemed to care.

    The fourth song, his beloved cover of Kate Bush’s A Woman’s Worth, drew some of the biggest cheers of the night as he dramatically sank to his knees to sing mid-song and the audience joined in on the words.

    “I’m loving Toronto!” said Maxwell at one point. “Is this funky or what?”

    Next up was the more upbeat Everywanting To Want You and Sumthin’ Sumthin’ followed by bedroom ballads like Was My Girl, Simply Beautiful, Fortunate, Til The Cops Come Knockin’, and more dance and singalongs with Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder) and Whenever, Wherever, Whatever.

    For his part, Maxwell seemed genuinely astounded at the response throughout the night.

    “I can’t believe this, I can’t believe this,” he said, shaking his head.

    And when he sat down at the front of the stage to greet one particularly enthusiastic fan, she handed him a song she had written.

    Fandom doesn’t get much more committed than this.

    Well, actually it does.

    Just as he was trying to leave the stage before his encore, a fan threw up a huge pair of white underwear decorated with the words “be mine” inside a red heart.

    Maxwell didn’t skip a beat and threw the large lingerie around his shoulders like a cardigan and immediately launched into the next song.

  4. Mrs. Black permalink
    October 15, 2008 5:52 am

    Hello, I saw Maxwell on Friday in Wallingford, CT. I literally screamed throughout his whole performance. I went without my husband so I could really enjoy myself 🙂 There were women there from all age groups and he had us all mesmerized. I am a 48 year old grandmother and I just love this man! He said he’d see us again next year and I will be right there when he comes back. This was my second time seeing him in concert and it is always oh so worth it…..the voice, the looks and those sexy, sexy moves! Holla!


  5. Dee permalink
    October 15, 2008 5:54 am

    I just saw Maxwell @ Radio City in NYC on Thursday (10/9). Ladies, the brotha puts on a great show and kept thanking us for still believing in him, regardless of the crazy music industry. The concert was sold out. I don’t think he realizes how much we love him and his music. He also performed some songs off his new cd….he’s still got it!

  6. November 12, 2008 10:54 pm

    My boo is BACK!!!!

  7. April 28, 2009 12:51 pm

    Maxwell I missed you so much while you were gone. I prayed for your return and I see that your are still fine and your voice is flawless as usual. I would like to know if you will be touring in Cleveland, Ohio in the near future. I love you Maxwell and that you for the magical music that you make.

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