*Two of R&B’s finest are hitting the road together this winter.
Mary J. Blige and Maxwell this morning announced U.S. dates for their King and Queen of Hearts Tour, a 24-date affair that will launch Nov. 5 in Baltimore and wrap Dec. 14 in Chicago, with stops in New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Before the U.S. leg, Mary J. and Maxwell will perform overseas in a 10-city swing beginning Oct. 15 in Frankfurt, Germany. They’ll stop in Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam and London before wrapping Oct. 30 in Manchester, U.K.
“Maxwell is a man that we need as women,” states Blige, who came up with the tour’s name. “He sings from his heart and soul with an amazing voice. When you hear him, you feel comforted, good, sexy, sly. You feel like you want to go out with your girls and then you also feel like you want to lay up with your man. He just gives you that freedom as a woman to be all those sexy, empowering and beautiful things. Women need to feel like there’s some man out there that really cares and will speak to them through song.”
Adds Maxwell: “This is a bucket list situation for me, something we’ve been trying to bring together because our audiences are each other’s. Mary’s soulful voice and the way she connects with the audience; her warmth and giving nature in an industry that can make you cold, stale and jaded: I’ve learned a lot from her in that regard. And this isn’t just a love fest for people who have followed our music. This is a celebration of New York, R&B/soul music and the ‘90s.”
Maxwell and Blige say fans can expect to see a more freestyle type of show, as opposed to a rigid, planned-out event.
“Anything can happen,” promises Maxwell, hinting at potential surprise guests and pairing up together on songs. “Once we start rehearsing, we’ll sit down and pull some stuff together organically.”
“We’re definitely at service here,” says Blige. “The goal is to have a great show while making people feel good and go home empowered.”
As if the tour wasn’t enough, Maxwell and Blige also plan to team up on a song for the new album that she’s currently recording.
In the meantime, here are the U.S. dates for the King and Queen of Hearts Tour:
11/5 — Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
11/6 — Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
11/9 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
11/10 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/12 — St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
11/14 — Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
11/16 — Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
11/18 — Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/19 — Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11/20 — Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
11/22 — Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
11/23 — Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
11/25 — Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
11/26 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
11/29 — Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
12/1 — New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
12/2 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
12/3 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
12/6 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
12/7 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
12/9 — Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
12/11 — Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center
12/12 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
12/14 — Chicago, IL @ United Center