Maxwell and Mary J. Bligewill tour together for the first time ever on the co-headlining The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour playing arenas nationwide. The 24-show run of dates will follow on the heels of a dozen European dates in October. Ro James will join the tour as a special guest on all US dates.** The pair has also confirmed an appearance on ‘The View’ this Friday, September 9th.
Maxwell’s ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ was released on July 1 (Columbia Records), and is being talked of as one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016. It’s the second installment of his Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed musical trilogy, and Pitchfork calls it “exquisite and transcendental…[his] most cohesive effort.” The soul star has been on the road since June, playing shows across the U.S. and appearing on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The BET Awards, Tavis Smiley & more. Maxwell’s “evocative” (Billboard) headlining set at this year’s Essence Festival showcased a voice with “impressive tenderness” (USA Today) and a “velvet falsetto” (New Orleans Times-Picayune).
Maxwell says, “Mary is the epitome of soul. 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.”
Mary J. Blige has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, winning nine Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards. The legendary R&B singer is close to completing her 14th studio album. Mary’s soulful and powerful live performances have won over audiences across the world.
Ms Blige 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.”
Artist VIP Packages are available starting today, September 7th. General public on sales start Friday, September 9th at 10am local time. Every online ticket order will include a copy of Maxwell’s latest album ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ and Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming album. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from every ticket will be donated to Artists for Peace and Justice.
The King and Queen of Hearts US Tour Dates:
November 5: Baltimore, MD / Royal Farms Arena
November 6: Washington, DC / Verizon Center
November 9: Philadelphia, PA / Wells Fargo Center
November 10: New York, NY / Madison Square Garden
November 12: St. Louis, MO / Scottrade Center***
November 14: Toronto, ON / Air Canada Centre
November 16: Cleveland, OH / Quicken Loans Arena
November 18: Detroit, MI / The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 19: Indianapolis, IN / Bankers Life Fieldhouse***
November 20: Memphis, TN / FedEx Forum
November 22: Charlotte, NC / Time Warner Cable Arena
November 23: Richmond, VA / Richmond Coliseum
November 25: Atlanta, GA / Philips Arena***
November 26: Greensboro, NC / Greensboro Coliseum
November 29: Miami, FL / AmericanAirlines Arena
December 1: New Orleans, LA / Smoothie King Center