In another instance of summer tour plans gone awry, platinum-selling and Grammy-winning soul singer Maxwell has postponed a portion of his summer tour until 2011.
The singer's label issued a statement today citing venue scheduling conflicts on the latter part of the tour, which was to feature Grammy-nominated R&B artist Melanie Fiona. Those dates had been added onto Maxwell's ongoing arena tour with Jill Scott earlier this month.
Internet rumors suggest that the cancellation is due to ill will between Maxwell, Jill Scott and featured artist Erykah Badu; the female artists have allegedly been running over their allotted time, upsetting the headliner. In an attempt to quash the gossip, Jill Scott's publicist released a statement today including the following phrase: "Jill has enjoyed every moment on stage with Maxwell, whom she calls a consummate gentleman and tour mate. She looks forward to sharing the rest of the tour with all of the supportive followers."
No word regarding the rumors has been issued from any of the other parties.
LiveNation has issued refunds to ticket holders of the postponed dates, which start Jun. 28 in North Carolina's Greensboro Coliseum. All prior dates will run as planned, including the Jun. 25 and 26 shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Rescheduled dates will be announced later in the year.