Maxwell, Mary J. Blige Announce U.S. Dates for King and Queen of Hearts Tour

D'Andre Michael
Maxwell & Mary J. BligeĀ 

Maxwell and Mary J. Blige will be heating up stages across the U.S. this winter on their King and Queen of Hearts Tour. Announced today (Sept. 7), the 24-date sweep will kick off Nov. 5 in Baltimore and wrap Dec. 14 in Chicago, with stops in New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Singer Ro James, the newcomer behind the R&B hit single "Permission," will join the duo as a special guest.

Preceding the pair’s domestic run will be their 10-date international swing. Opening Oct. 15 in Frankfurt, Germany, Blige and Maxwell will perform in Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam and London before finishing up Oct. 30 in Manchester, U.K.

For many fans, this pairing of two of New York’s and R&B/soul’s finest no doubt represents a perfect match that’s been way too long in coming, which Maxwell and Blige readily acknowledge.

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“Maxwell is a man that we need as women,” says Blige, who coined 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, who just completed a 25-date tour on behalf of his black SUMMERS'night album, “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.”

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As for what fans can expect performance-wise, Maxwell and Blige say they’re opting for more freestyle versus planned. “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.”

There’s also one more thing that fans can look forward to after the tour: Maxwell and Blige plan to team up on a song for the new album that she’s recording.

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