Maxwell has a bit of an odd career trajectory, and that plays out in his setlist. He came from the soulful R&B crowd of the late 90’s, dominated by artists such as Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys, giving him plenty of soulful hits from that era that hit home with fans. But Maxwell has been scattered in his releases, dropping Now in 2001 and then releasing nothing until 2009’s Blacksummers’night, his last major release of any kind. Maxwell’s follow up to this record has been delayed a record number of times. It was initially meant to immediately follow the release.
His recent setlists still slant towards this older material, particularly his 2009 release that saw Maxwell usher in what was meant to be a trilogy of albums and it is not known whether this is still the case. This includes the album’s two biggest tunes, “Pretty Wings” and “Bad Habits.” He also performs “Fistful of Tears” and “Stop the World.” He is also known to belt out a few covers, especially in 2009. Seemingly, the only one staying in steady rotation is his high profile rendition of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.”
His setlist is quite similar from one show to the next, for he sticks to well known hits to choice covers, to a 50% reliance on his 2009 record and the beginning of his new face in the 21st century.
Maxwell completely ignores his 1998 release Embrya for a variety of reasons. Despite it selling one million units and earning platinum status, the record was critically panned. Older fans tend to lean towards the debut, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, with tracks such as “Reunion” and “Sumthin Sumthin.”
This Woman’s Work
Fistful of Tears
Stop the World
The Lady in My Life
Til the Cops Come Knockin’
Don’t Say Goodnight
Ascenscion (Don’t Ever Wonder)
Does Maxwell play any new songs?
Maxwell, despite being generally absent from the public eye, still does not push any new material in any large quantities. The follow up to 2009’s Blacksummers’ night record does not have a release date, tentatively scheduled for 2015. Maxwell performs just one new song for this tour, but it does not have a name yet.
Is this the first in a string of new tours for Maxwell?
Maxwell has been slowing moving all the pieces along, and there is a lot of suspicion that this is the first in many new tours, as well as a new album and a resurgence for the artist into the R&B game. There is no confirmation of anything at this point, but it is fair to say the team and artist is prepping for something bigger.
How long is a Maxwell concert?
Maxwell’s shows for this reunion tour cap out at about 95 minutes.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Maxwell’s tour?
There is an array of places to get presale tickets for this new Maxwell reunion tour. The most instant is through the American Express platform. You need an American Express card to make the purchase, as well as an account through Ticketmaster, but they provide the fairest prices balanced with the most immediate approach.
The official Maxwell Facebook page has gotten on board with offering presale passwords. You can also log into your Maxwell fan account. It is free, and keeps you on top of new presales and artist updates.
LiveNation does not always jump into the presale game for specific tours, instead opting to work through American Express or another major entity. For this tour they are offering a public presale code.
CrowdSurge is offering presale passwords and information directly through to the official Maxwell website. If you want to see what is currently available from the artist, visit the official Crowdsurge Maxwell page.
Who is Maxwell’s publicist and press contact?
Maxwell’s very recent resurgence in the public mainstream has left little public information. He is currently signed with Sony Music Entertainment. Visit the official website, or contact licensingNY@songmusic.com to begin the process of reaching out to Maxwell directly.
“But waiting is one of the things Maxwell does best; romantic and restrained, his music is in a state of titillating, perpetual anticipation. So when Maxwell finally stepped to that mic and put his breathless falsetto to “Work,” one eager woman in the balcony screamed so violently she sounded like she was being murdered.” – Piet Levy of JS Online
“Maxwell’s vocal performance was perfectly finessed, showcasing a vaguely nasal tenor one moment and an airy falsetto the next. Up close, he was obviously feeling his songs, sweating and smiling, but he also seemed to be almost not trying, hitting notes a little too cleanly for how briskly he strutted the stage.” – Andrew Matson of the Seattle Times
“At the end of each prong of the stage, a trapped door allowed Maxwell to disappear into the underground tunnel below and emerge from the other side. It was a very hot feature that Maxwell utilized several time during the evening. It kept the crowd guessing, and always resulted in piercing screams from unsuspecting fans.” – John-John Williams IV of the Baltimore Sun