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Maxwell show at Philips hot, sexy

Wearing sunglasses, a tailored black suit, crisp white shirt and tie, he strutted onstage as cool as a cucumber to “DanceWitMe.” But within mere seconds, Maxwell was turning up the heat — running up and down stairs on the set, sliding across the floor, and sweating as he described later “like a pig.” (See photo gallery)

For the sold-out crowd at Philips Arena Monday night, the temperature couldn’t get hot enough as the R&B singer showed fans just what they’d been missing during his almost eight-year hiatus, especially for fans who didn’t get to see his sold-out show at the Atlanta Civic Center last year.

“Atlanta, I love you baby,” he said. “Y’all didn’t let me go by the wayside.”

For one hour and forty-five minutes, the 36-year-old from Brooklyn was 20-something again, taking fans on his earlier neo soul journey with “Sumthin’ Sumthin’” and “Ascension,” the 1996 hit single that put his debut album “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite,” on the map.

Some of the stops along the way also included hits from 2001’s “Now,” including the dance groove “Get to Know Ya,” “Lifetime,” and “Woman’s Work,” one of the most beautiful ballads ever.  He also wove his way through his latest album “BlackSummer’s Night,” including tracks such as  “PrettyWings,” “HelpSomebody,” “StopTheWorld,” and “FistfulofTears.”

With women tugging at his feet as he danced and gyrated down a runway shaped stage that had several dropped floor entry/exit points, he teased endlessly. The performance was sexy, polished and in a word — hot.

Telling the fellows that he hoped they’d get some action after the concert, he acknowledged, “I know most of y’all didn’t want to come. That’s cool. I’d hate me, too.”

But there were no haters here as the men seemed to appreciate the mood Maxwell was setting. At one point, he encouraged couples to “get up and dance like nobody’s watching.” Yes, some obliged.

For certain, by all appearances it was a newer Maxwell who’s been sporting a short cropped haircut since his return. Unlike Sampson, his strength is not in his hair but in his voice, his impressive dance moves (which caused him to split his pants near the end of the show), and perhaps, well a few other places.

And if Maxwell was burning up the stage it was rapper Common and songstress Chrisette Michele who lit the fire. Initially Maxwell fans seemed a little confused as Common seized the stage, pumping things up with “Go!” and “Sex 4 Sugar” before gliding into “I Want You.” But by the end of his performance he’d won the crowd over solidly as he took them on a nostalgic trip down hip-hop lane with classics from Eryka Badu, LL Cool J, Heavy D and Atlanta’s own Goodie Mob.

30 comments Add your comment

shelly

October 6th, 2009
8:04 am

I’m glad to Maxwell is Back!!!

Marika

October 6th, 2009
9:33 am

Maxwell, Common and Chrisette gave an excellent concert! Real Music the Band was Awesome!! Thank YOu for a wonderful night!

Karen

October 6th, 2009
10:13 am

I am so in love!!!!! Maxwell was fabulous!!!!! I would definitely see him again!

Adrienne

October 6th, 2009
10:20 am

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Adrienne

October 6th, 2009
10:22 am

Enter your comments here I loved the show Maxwell gave it his all !! He set such a sexy and sultry vibe for the night it was awesome!

PWF

October 6th, 2009
10:29 am

That was one of the best concerts i have been to! Everyone of the artist did a Fantastic job. An enjoyable evening!

Shannon

October 6th, 2009
10:32 am

I truly enjoyed the concert. Common and Chrisette put on a great show; however, the arena was packed of Maxwell’s fan….from young to old! He’s definitely an awesome entertainer. He’s back!! One can appreciate his talent and love for music. I love you Maxwell!!!

RJ

October 6th, 2009
10:34 am

Best concert ever!!! Maxwell definately set the mood and gave an AWESOME show. He is a true performer. Christette and Common were great as well. Really enjoyed myself.

Monica

October 6th, 2009
10:36 am

The entire show was AWESOME!!! Maxwell killed it…so glad he’s back!!

Vernise (follow me on Twitter @ Vernise7)

October 6th, 2009
10:39 am

The concert was absolutely, positively wonderful! An experience that will remain with me for a very long time. In addition to the sensual energy that Maxwell is known for creating, it also generated an introspective and humbling energy that took us on a voyage of the ups and downs of the love journey. I l-o-v-e-d the concert!

Now I anxiously await the second release of the trilogy…until then I will cherish BLACKsummers’ night!

gg

October 6th, 2009
10:55 am

One word sums up last night’s concert, “Wow”. Max brought his A game and my husband and I loved the show. I was right up front when he did a James Brown type split, and split his pants. All I can say to that is “Wow”!

AF

October 6th, 2009
11:11 am

By far, one of the best concerts I have ever attended. Great show Maxwell, Common, and Chrisette. Well worth it! So, when is he coming back?!

Terry

October 6th, 2009
11:17 am

WOW!!! What a night. I have not been to a concert like that since Prince was at Phillips years ago. Maxwell is reminiscent of the R&B stars from the Motown days. He put on a “SHOW”!! His performance focused on the “Music”. He had the Audience mesmerized. Magnificent!!!! Enjoyed every moment he was on stage.

LS

October 6th, 2009
11:26 am

Maxwell is a wonderful performer with his own style and unique voice. He has the best, smooth stage presence. However, with comments to the men like “go home and get some booty,” takes away from his character. He does not need to do that.

KAYE KAYE

October 6th, 2009
11:29 am

Maxwell was “WONDERFUL”!!!! I will,I must see him again!!!!

ant banks

October 6th, 2009
11:41 am

the show appealed to so many genres. common brought back the early hip-hop like biggie, goodie mo-b and then maxwell appealed to the grown up me. wifey was pleased. had a good time when i got home. tehehe

Lynn Green

October 6th, 2009
11:43 am

The concert was awesome!!!! Chrisette Michele was awesome. Her voice is phenominal. Common was hot!! And what can I say about MAXWELL!!!!! He gave it to us ladies!! Maxwells stage set was on POINT!!!! The Word for that concert is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ziza

October 6th, 2009
11:49 am

without a doubt one of the best concerts i have EVER been too. chrisette common bilal (and the fyah hot dj) were phenomenol. and maxwell, well…lol there are no words. what a performance!!! im still feverish lol!!!

AKW

October 6th, 2009
11:53 am

This show was phenomenal!!!! It was so worth every dime spent!! I just wish I could see it again!! It kinda reminded me of Sade’s concert the last time she was here for her Lover’s Rock tour. I’ve seen Maxwell everytime he’s come to the A, but this show (with Common and Chrisette)…just BANANAS!!!

Daidreamer

October 6th, 2009
12:22 pm

Best concert I’ve been to in awhile. Chrisette Michele has an amazing voice, wish she had a lil more time. Common was outstanding. His energy leevl is crazy. The poplockin, breakdancin, everything was on point. And he did all my favorites! And had my homie Bilal in the mix. Maxwell. What can I say about that man? He’s an amazing talent. He’s by far one of THE best soul singers of our time. The energy in the Philips alone was a testament to that.

TeeCee

October 6th, 2009
2:14 pm

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m still screaming like a school girl. Maxwell was scrumpdillyisious! It was a show of all shows for me this year!! I can’t wait to see him again!

AA

October 6th, 2009
6:35 pm

The show was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! My friend came down from Charlotte just to see him. I was willing to drive up to Charlotte to see Maxwell again tonight. I have to see that show again!

catherine thompkins

October 6th, 2009
6:59 pm

I am fifty-five years young. I have been to a lot f concerts. I missed Ms. Chrisette, running late, but caught Common at the onset..All I can say about Common and Maxwell, is fine, fine, so fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The talent was above board. They gave everything , with the performances they gave. I would love to see them once again. I only wished I was a lot closer. I was in the nosebleed section, and that’s not too good to dance and move. Maxwell, as well as Common, really made love to that crowd at Phillips!!!!!!!! I was honored to be there and receive it. i was bought up on the stage before and Tony,Toni, Tone sang to me. I wanted to dance with Maxwell, and I wish I was close to him to touch him. I went with my daughter, whose fiance is a truck driver on the road, and my boyfriend was at home studying for a degree. It was beautiful to see all the black couples together, and I loved what Maxwell said to complement the men who thought enough of their ladies to bring them to the concert. Maxwell’s humbleness, touched a chord in my heart. What a nice catch of a man for some blessed young lady.Common has been rumored to have dated some famous,and lovely African-American women. I hope he settles down soon. I know it’s hard, cause he is so fine. Wished he could have stayed on the stage a little longer, because he didn’t rap BE.

Happy Camper

October 6th, 2009
8:30 pm

What a fabulous night!!!! Maxwell was 100% on his game. The beautiful display of lights, colors, waterfalls, and numerous other visual effects complimented his vocals. He has one of the greatest bands of all time. Several members did solos that were outstanding. I was especially pleased with the way Maxwell interacted with the crowd by crawling around on the stage and touching hands of his fans. Maxwell has a way of transporting you to another place altogether. I would travel to see him perform again. Kudos to Common and Chrisette. Both gave great performances.

M.Brown

October 6th, 2009
9:13 pm

As someone who believes current R&B is suffering an extreme dearth of real talent these days, I am so thankful that we still have artists like those on this tour. Each is a shining example of what good R&B/Soul can be. We fans are lucky to have them around. Last night’s show was almost perfect. Chrisette needed more time to truly showcase her talents; otherwise, the performances were so on point. Hip-hop often loses me, but Common was a virtuoso at whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Enjoyed watching the audience’s reaction to him. I’m not a love/lust-struck Maxwell fan, but I truly love his music–the epitome of passion in song and performance. Thank goodness for them all!

Wanda

October 6th, 2009
11:45 pm

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OMG!!!! I am still in the MAXWELL ZONE……………….I am so happy that I was at Phillips last nite..It was absolutely breathtaking…sexy…hot…incredible…..I’ve seen Maxwell three times before, but this by far was HIS BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My ticket was my birthday gift from my husband and son, so I’ve been waiting since August..and it was well worth the wait….his band was wonderful, the stage was awesome..(purple is my favorite color) and Maxwell’s voice….He can sing, and did he ever…giving up the old and new….I missed Chrisette, but Common was a beast! It was just an amazing concert which I will NEVER forget. Maxwelll, please continue giving us beautiful music that we can truly feel down in our souls!!!! I’m proud of you and love you! Be blessed on your journey………………

Jennifer

October 7th, 2009
8:58 am

I went to his concert last year at the Civic Center and again Monday night. MUCH better opening acts!!! Wasn’t a fan of Jazmine last year. Chrisette and Common as openers, just wow! I will see Maxwell every time he’s in Atlanta. That is a GREAT performance.

Jacqueline

October 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

All I can say is “WOW” Maxwell with all his sexiness brought his game to Atlanta, the show was fantastic singing along to all his hits. I am still in awe of him all I can say is “WOW”

Denise

October 8th, 2009
7:02 am

The concert was AMAZING !!!! I will never ever miss another Maxwell concert again. Common and Chrisette was AMAZING also.The tickets were a bday gift an dOMG…..I am still floating !!!

Chosen

October 10th, 2009
9:08 am

Were we watching the same show! The band was great! Common great! Chisette great! Maxwell …..so so. Band drowning out his voice. He wanted the crowd to participate when he had to hit a high note . Definitely not one of his best performances. Singing was very suspect. His band saved it for me not to walk out before the show was over.