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Maxwell tour canceled

Photo: Eric Johnson

Photo: Eric Johnson

Vocal cord issues have sidelined another top-notch singer.

Maxwell has canceled his specialized summer tour because he’s developed definitive vocal cord edema and a vocal cord hemorrhage. The soul singer has been advised by doctors to go on complete vocal rest.

Maxwell was slated to play July 27-28 at Philips Arena as part of a three-city tour – Los Angeles and Newark, N.J., were the others – where he planned to perform some of his albums in their entirety.

“I’ve temporarily damaged my voice. I’ve had issues before during other tours, but was able to power through. I’ve been strongly advised to rest and undergo treatment,” Maxwell said in a statement.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

34 comments Add your comment


June 23rd, 2012
8:52 am

Damn! Just Damn!


June 23rd, 2012
9:08 am

Bummer. Maxwell is great!

Delusions of Grandeur

June 23rd, 2012
9:30 am

this may give him time to rethink the concept of forcing his fans to choose between their old favorites and his new material – a choice no fan should ever have to make – Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross or Stevie Wonder would never do that to their fans but Maxwell will never rise to their level of greatness either – Maxwell, I hope you get over your illness but I also hope you get over yourself in the process


June 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

Typical t hug.


June 23rd, 2012
11:08 am

Love him or hate R. Kelly is the best out there today, Maxwell is a distant 2rd, its sad that the young generation have droped the ball on soul music, could someone name me 2 soul male groups today?

Please get well Maxwell because there are only maybe 5 of you guys left, and the young generation are always saying the older cats are living in the past on music, I say you have not done anything to make them forget.

#1 fan

June 23rd, 2012
11:14 am

Nnnooooo! I was so looking forward to hearing him!


June 23rd, 2012
11:19 am

Didn’t he used to play professional Jai-Alai in Florida?
I would be major pissed if I knew who he was.


June 23rd, 2012
11:20 am

Enter your comments here


June 23rd, 2012
11:24 am

Maxwell wow what a shame for him and his fans which I am one of his biggest.I hope he recovers soon. One summer while visiting Mexico Maxwell helped me really set it off lol. hot tubs,infinity pools, full moons dark skys and one of the finest women who has ever walked this planet sorry where was I. Get well soon brother got another trip planned.


June 23rd, 2012
11:31 am

three city tour?!? wow…i don’t know how these guys keep up with their busy lives……

Ticketmaster worker

June 23rd, 2012
11:36 am

95 percent of the tickets were still available for most of his shows. He may as well just invite a few close friends over and sing in the shower.

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June 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

Maxwell’s real problem is lack of interest

Brooklyn Bridge

June 23rd, 2012
2:20 pm

@Ticketmaster worker,
Yeah. We believe you because of your creative screen name.

Cancelling a concert tour due to health issues makes you a thug?! Now there’s some logic for you!!

Don't Sleep

June 23rd, 2012
2:30 pm

That’s why you see it thrown around so much when the topic doesn’t even call for it.

Max Fan

June 23rd, 2012
2:53 pm

I hope Maxwell heals fast and treat his fans to another album and more concerts. I think he is truly the best male singer out there today. A real class act.


June 23rd, 2012
3:14 pm

That’s an excuse for LACK OF TICKET SALES!! How was he gonna fill Philips arena?

Maxwell's the Only Company

June 23rd, 2012
3:16 pm

Maxwell does things at his own pace, and definitely values his privacy. When he tours or releases new material, he is giving his fans a rare gift. Do I wish he’d come out with more stuff, tour more often? Of course, but not at the expense of quantity over quality. And Maxwell is all quality.

Still, this is a major downer. Hope he makes a full recovery and gives us that new album.


June 23rd, 2012
4:03 pm

So hurt, was looking forward to this show…..boooooohooooooo


June 23rd, 2012
4:11 pm

@Ron – Obviously you don’t know the definition of the word “Thug.” A cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer – this can be used to describe a lot of things, but not a R&B singer that sings sensual songs? It is a more fitting description of a race of people that have historically invaded and enslaved other races of people and countries because they were too sorry to work. From the foundation of the world to the present – The Romans, Greeks, Nazis, Communists, The British Empire, up to the KKK in the here and now – these are the true definition of thugs. Let’s take a look at what they all look like and see what they have in common?


June 23rd, 2012
4:23 pm

@Maxwell’s the Only Company – Spot on! Been a listener from the beginning, and we had floor seats for Friday’s show. It was hard deciding which night to go, but “Urban Hang Suite” is his #1 album for me! When he tweeted the cancellation yesterday, I was upset; however, my husband wasn’t! I wonder why not? LOL!! Which also explains the hate on this blog, mostly from men! Get well soon M!


June 23rd, 2012
4:29 pm

@Truthbtold thank you for clearing that up..I was totally confused on what a thug had to do Maxwell…


June 23rd, 2012
4:46 pm

@Maxwell’s the Only Company: “Maxwell does things at his own pace, and definitely values his privacy. When he tours or releases new material, he is giving his fans a rare gift.” Fans need material in order to remain fans; don’t go with “he is giving his fans a rare gift.” Maxwell is LUCKY to have his fans; they are HIS gift – not the other way around.


June 23rd, 2012
6:37 pm

on the good side, he will have more time to focus on his coffee empire.


June 23rd, 2012
6:56 pm

Get well Maxwell! I’m certain that after he gets well he will come to Atlanta. :)


June 23rd, 2012
10:31 pm

Maxwell’s voice and career was compromised by the cutting of his hair. If anyone didn’t notice, dude was hella-cool with all that hair like Sampson back in the day. Coulda been a woman who made him promise to cut that hair. So now you know. Urban Hang Suite was the jam album. Dude never came close to making anything near that. Why? Cause he cut that hair and almost got thrown from the earth’s gravitational pull. Intially, Maxwell’s hair was heavy enough to keep him down on the earth.


June 24th, 2012
1:00 am

maxwell get well and see you in about 5 years!!


June 24th, 2012
10:18 am

Weeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We! We! Weeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


June 24th, 2012
10:59 am

The hell is Maxwell??


June 24th, 2012
12:19 pm

@truthbtold, there’s nothing less for me to say. As I was about to respond, you did it for me.

@don’t sleep, exactly. The racist have been throwing that word around for a while now.

I wish Maxwell a speedy recovery.


June 24th, 2012
6:10 pm

Maxwell is the epitome,ultimate thrill artist! This is a travesty! Beautiful talent. Max, come to me s
Asap. Get well soon! Cmat.


June 25th, 2012
6:38 pm

Enter your comments here
@Delusions of Grandeur, First and foremost, dude is an artist not just a ’sanga’. The tour is a form of artistic conceptualization. Different, unique and non-cookie cutter. Reference BlackSummer’sNight trilogy album concept. Nothing against Marvin or Luther. They were great! Legends. As well, Stevie STILL is!!! They have many commonalities but the greatest common denominator is… being ORIGINAL. It’s not about forcing you to choose, purely originality. A painter, photographer or sculptor doesn’t display ALL of their works at a (themed) exhibition. Nor does a singer sing every song from all of their albums in concert. Here was an opportunity to experience just that. Think outside the box a lil’ bit. I’m jus sayin’.

@ gm, Distant second? Wow! Kel’s is a musical genuis, no doubt! He’s been relevant over the course of almost two decades now. Seemingly sweating out hit after hit. He even penned and produced ‘Fortunate’ for Max. BUT… as of late, the 60’s style thing is just a cheap digital knock-off of Raphael Saddiq’s mastery. He’s also too focused on Trey Songz jacking his style (he’s right by the way). Futhermore you can’t deny Songz has become more relevant. Check Billboard and Soundscan.

@ who? Atlanta, L.A. and the TriState area have traditionally been his biggest supporters. Both in record sales and tours. Like Prince, it was a short tour for dedicated fan base. He has a second (major) tour planned later in the year to support the second coming of the BlackSUMMER’Snight trilogy release.

@ Ticket Master Worker, Just Say No.

@ Here – Here!, Huh? What?!? The 1st album was a “concept” album. About seeing someone, meeting someone, liking someone. That leads to a chance encounter which leads to a kiss, infatuation, wild sex, love making and catching feelings… Then she leaves after the jump off and life goes on… for her but not for him. It all takes place in like, a weekend. Bomb concept, bomb album! Argubly, the best album he’s made. But to be realistic, artists don’t remain in the same space. If so, the don’t progress. They don’t grow. No one wants the same ol’ same. No matter how much you loved it. Most artists peak on the first album. Think Lauryn Hill, Musiq Soulchild, India.Arie, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Keith Sweat, Al B. Sure, etc. Not that they haven’t made great music since then. It’s the collection of the first piece of art was so good, that it’s hard to measure up to.

@Maxwell’s the Only Company, @truthbtold, @gg, @Kat, ‘Nuff Respect!
~Peace & Blessings

chile of the nile

June 27th, 2012
3:38 pm

Devastation is the feeling to say the least! I was soooooooo looking forward to the concert. I wish Maxwell….and myself a speedy recovery from this tragedy.


June 29th, 2012
8:21 am

I am totally bummed, because this would have been my first time seeing Maxwell in concert. And for the person making the comment about Maxwell, not being able to sell out the Phillips Arena. For the last two years, he’s sold out the Phillips Arena. Maxwell does have a lot of loyal fans that have supported him in the past and who will continue to support him. It seems we have a lot of haters making comments. Instead of kicking a person when they’re down, why not say something encouraging. Maxwell I hope you get well soon, although vocal damage will take some time to heal. I am starting my own Maxwell fund, so when he is ready 6mths or year from now I will be ready. Maxwell is a true gem and he has a true gift that he must respect and take care of. You know we’ll get another album out of this experience. People are most creative when they are being tried or tested. Love you Maxwell, take as much time as you need to recover, because all your fans will be ready for you, when you return.