Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are going on tour! The two R&B veterans have announced their co-headlining The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour with special guest Ro James.
The North American leg will begin on November 5, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD. Maxwell and Mary will also play in cities such as Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, and Dallas, before wrapping up in Chicago on December 14.
“Mary is the epitome of soul,” Maxwell said in a statement. “She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can’t wait to get on the road with her.”
Marry adds, “Maxwell’s music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colorful tone that speaks to the hearts of women. His music makes them feel loved and I’m excited to get on the road with him.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Maxwell explained that this tour is not a business deal, but something that he and Mary actually wanted to do.
“So many of these tours are orchestrated, but this is actually a thing that we wanted to do,” he said. “We’re part of each other’s teams. She came up with the title of the tour, and it’s perfect. There are a lot of other titles that were floating around that were like, ‘Give me a break.’ She was like, ‘Why don’t you just call it the King and Queen of Hearts Tour?’ It’s like, ‘Bam! Done.’ Whatever you need. It speaks of who she is, the humility, and that she knows marketing. As artists, we speak to the hearts of people. Love is the message. And as Mary would say, love is all we need. And that’s what we’re here to give.”
The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour
November 5 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
November 6 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
November 10 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
November 12 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center***
November 14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
November 16 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
November 18 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse***
November 20 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
November 22 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
November 23 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum
November 25 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena***
November 26 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
November 29 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
December 1 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
December 2 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
December 3 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center***
December 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
December 7 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
December 9 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
December 11 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
December 12 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center**
December 14 – Chicago, IL – United Center**
* All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.
** Ro James will not be appearing at these shows.
*** On Sale Friday, September 16.