Serious injury to his vocal chords has forced beloved balladeer Maxwell to cancel his highly-anticipated summer concert series, “Maxwell Two Night (2012).”
The Grammy Award-winning “Pretty Wings” crooner, who, after an eight-year hiatus made a triumphant return to the stage in 2010 with his “Blacksummers’ Night” album, took to his official Facebook page to say doctors advised him to take complete vocal rest after developing definitive vocal chord edema and a vocal chord hemorrhage. On the chopping block are concerts in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Newark, NJ—shows that were to take place from July 20 to August 4.
“I know this sucks but after many months of recording, I’ve temporarily damaged my voice,” Maxwell said. “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 added that he looks forward to a full-fledged tour when the sequel to the BLACKSUMMERS’ NIGHT trilogy is released. “My deepest apologies to those who made the effort to try to see the show.”
The unique concert series was to feature Maxwell and his 11-piece band debuting tracks from all four of his hugely successful albums—none of which he’d ever performed live. He was to treat each city to two-night concerts: the first night would have seen him perform songs from his Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and Embrya; the second featured music from his albums Now and BLACKsummers’ Night. The MaxwellTwoNight tour also was to feature custom Obama-Biden 2012 merchandise, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Obama For America, in addition to volunteer recruitment for the Obama 2012 presidential campaign.
Refunds for Maxwell’s cancelled concerts are available at the point of purchase. Those purchased via the internet and charged by phone will be automatically credited back to purchasing credit cards.