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Much ado has been made about the price of Maxwell tickets – and rightfully so! In this economy, there are plenty of other things a somewhat fiscally responsible person like myself could have done with that hundred some odd dollars I paid for my 5th row seat.
Maxie, if paying an arm and a leg for your love if loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!
I can’t imagine what it must be like to have been away for so long and welcomed back as if you had never left. Folks are fickle. They forget. But it’s virtually impossible to forget a man like Maxwell.
Believe it or not, this was my first time ever seeing him live. When he was last touring, I had yet to become the ultimate concert enthusiast I am today. Can you imagine there was ever such a time for someone who will have attended forty concerts by year’s end and has over 550 videos on the YouTube channel? Me either.
However, before we get into my account of the Maxwell Experience, let’s briefly talk about the opening act, Miss Jazmine Sullivan. As you know, I wasn’t overwhelmed by her album but was hoping to feel differently after seeing her live.
Let me first say, the girl can sang. No doubt about that. No studio voice here. However, I was underwhelmed by her stage show. The band overpowered her voice, which as you can imagine is hard to do. At times, she sounded strained, no doubt because of the hectic touring schedule. She has not yet mastered dancing and singing and should move a little less to avoid sounding out of breath.
Overall, I wasn’t as disappointed as some music connoisseurs with her performance. She blew me away with the song that got her signed “In Love With Another Man.” However, I can’t wait to see how she grows over her career. Some things are still a little rough around the edges, but this girl has got talent. I’m already looking forward to her sophomore effort.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
I was not prepared for the way Landmark Theatre in Richmond, VA erupted when the first chords of “Get To Know Ya” filled the large auditorium – before the curtain even went up. When it did, I was thoroughly impressed with the beauty of the simple set and the band who was dressed to the nines. There was no t-shirt and sneaks to be found. Momma Viv, a stickler for such things, would have been proud.
As you’ll see, there was no need for Maxwell to “Get To Know Ya.” He was already intimately acquainted with each and every screaming female in the sold out theatre. Of course the fellas played it cool. They were just watching the clock, waiting for dude to set them up for the night so they could get home and reap the benefits.
From there, he went into the very apropos “No One.”
I try to forget ya but you’re all I wanna do
I can do better but there’s no one quite like you
Though I love Maxie’s uptempo songs where he gets to swivel them hips as few men can, the joint that earned him a coveted spot on my top fifty songs listis “Til the Cops Come Knocking.” My second favorite is “Sumthin Sumthin (Mellosmoothe).” Obviously, it’s his drop-your-granny-panties ballads that do it for me. So I was more than ready for what Eric Roberson likes to call, “the sexy part of the show.”
He warmed us up with the sentimental sweetness that is “Lifetime.”
Then the lights went down.
It was all I could do to hold it together. It was almost like a spiritual thang hearing him sing “This Woman’s Work,” which always makes me think about the tender love scene in one of my all time favorite movies, “Love and Basketball.” That falsetto sounded oh so sweet. I was no more good once he got down on his knees. The performance earned him his sole pair of granny panties, tossed upon the stage by an actual Granny!
Richmond must be a conservative city because I surely expected more to be thrown after his performance of “Everwanting (To Want You To Want).” Against a beautiful red and green backdrop, he got down on the floor and showed the men how they need to work the middle showed the ladies just how he works those hips offstage. It was a beautiful thing.
At this point, I almost got into an altercation with the stinky breath security guard who shut me down and commanded that I stop recording. You KNOW I don’t take too kindly to that. As much as I paid for that ticket, I should have received a professionally recorded DVD of the whole show immediately afterwards! In any event, I obeyed orders for the time being.
So I was forced to just sit and watch him perform:
- W/As My Girl
- Pretty Wings
- Simply Beautiful (Oh how I love seeing him perform this up close and personal. He KILLS this song.)
- Fortunate (I was in agony at not being able to capture this)
- Help Somebody (Obama-inspired song) (I’m just bitter at this point)
- Til The Cops Come Knockin
Sorry, toy cop. I had to bring the camera back out and at least get the audio. I had been warned by a fellow Twitizen that that his performance of my favorite. Maxwell. song. ever was absolutely orgasmic. By the time he was done, my leg was actually shaking and I was reaching for shit that wasn’t even there. His band is outstanding, simply top notch.
He pretended to bid us adieu and we mock screamed bloody murder until he came back out and performed “Acension (Don’t Ever Wonder).”
He bid us adieu again. We needed more! more! more!
He blessed us with a performance of “Whenever Wherever Whatever.” Another spiritual experience. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him the entire time. I think you’ll agree.
Yessir. I’m the REAL maverick.
As you can see, much like a Jill Scott show, it wasn’t just a concert, it was an experience. Maxwell is the consummate performer. He doesn’t just sing, he entertains. He commands the entire stage and performs in front of a sold out crowd like it’s an intimate performance for fifty.
When he cracks jokes like these, he becomes someone you can envision just hanging out and tripping with.
“Women, ya’ll looking all crispy (Viv: don’t ask). Ya’ll all lotioned up. All Vaseline Intensive Cared up.”
“I’m talking to all the cornfed, cornbread eating women. The collard green and fried chicken eating sistas.”
“Fellas, I’m setting you up for tonight. You’re gonna get some tonight!”
Oh how he reminds me of Jill in that way. Hmm…now wouldn’t that be a super concert? I’m putting that energy out there in the musical atmosphere. He says he’s touring again next year. Hey, you never know!
Maxwell is here in DC for the next couple of nights before heading up to Baltimore, New Jersey, and finally back home to NYC where it all started. From the comments I’ve been getting on these videos, I think we all agree that those of us who have seen him on this tour are “fortunate” indeed.
*Okay, okay. I know the hair is gone! So sue me. I miss it!
I miss the hair too and I ain’t ashamed to say it. I didn’t get a chance to see him, but e’one has great things to say (as I expected). I’m def going to catch him when he tours again!
Tha Connoisseur said:
I AM SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THE SHOW! I am actually contemplating checking him out again upon his return (if there are tix left).
Since I was a virgin before, this time around I can actually stop gawking (not gonna happen) and sing and feel every single song even more than the first go. Great write up MAVERICK! 🙂
[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]™ said:
Spectacular!! I wish I could see him in person!
Divine Diva said:
Thank you so much for posting this. I had the pleasure of seeing Maxwell years ago at UMCP for a mere 6 buks. He was absolutely amazing! Like you said, the consummate professional. I do miss the hair, but damn! I am so glad the voice is back!!!!
I have been waiting on this review for DAYS!!! I too am not ashamed to say that I miss the hair…but he has been forgiven!
Loved the review! Glad you enjoyed yourself!
G. Mo said:
Good review. Almost sounded like the DC show last night. I’ve been to a lotta shows, but it was pure mayhem last night… I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many screams in my life, outside of being at Prince show… women stampeding to the stage like a herd of cattle… it looked like the Running of the Bulls in Spain… now, I’m not taking anything away from Maxwell’s singing ability cuz he definitely has skiils and puts on a good show… he’s got good stage presence and personality on stage, no doubt… but dude just looks like the Cowardly Lion to me and women were throwin’ panties on stage and hollering like Malvo and Muhammad had entered the building… it was ridiculous!!!!!
one more thing… (even though my wife will probably kill me for being so hard on her, but whatever)…. Jazmine Sullivan’s performance sucked!!!! She has a nice voice and can truly sing and I know she’s new to performing… but her stage presence was terrible and whoever dressed her last night needs to be fired. Under Armour looking tights with a fluffy umbrella looking skirt. She was as stiff as John McCain doing jumping jacks.
I agree with you on the Jill Scott statement. I’ve felt the same way for years. They are like the male and female versions of each other. Jill Scott and Maxwell both use their voices like musical instruments.
I’ve been hearing the mixed response on the hair, I can honestly say, I like his without the hair. But when I see the video “Fortunate” sweet geesus, I have my little moment of bring it back. But I understand why he doesn’t have it anymore. He seems more free now than he ever was back a few years ago.
Thanks for sharing your concert experience!
–Chantay/The Latest Maxwell News
Peace Be With You
Very nice recap. I saw the Birmingham show..first time seeing him in person. Hope it’s not the last. He’s really a good singer. That smile and voice. I do like the more mature GQ’d up look.
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I love you reviews gurl!!! And welcome to the MAXFAM!!
Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I saw him perform years ago and it was amazing. Glad you enjoyed yourself.
Malvo and Muhammad…the Cowardly Lion. You’re a funny dude. But seriously, Maxwell is THAT fine and deserved all those screams, panties, and more!
You know you wanted to scream too! 🙂
Check out this youtube video, The Dating Chronicles: Maxwell’s Girl. It seems apropos for the occassion.
OK, I never had been to a concert and decided to go see Max with my wife last night! She told me the tics were expensive but never disclosed how much……come to find out they were front row seats and $300 apiece. “I found out when I was escorted to the front row…lol” All for the wife! SO…. J. Sulivan was good even though I agree with the writer that the band overplayed against her voice “She can sing though!” I didn’t like the crowbar she brought out for the “I bust the windows out your car set!…it made me feel I don’t know eerie because the sisters were jumping up and down like….. YUP I SURE WILL!” LOL….I looked at my wife like…”If you EVER!” lol. So Max came out and he truly is a great performer/singer etc. ALTHOUGH… during his second set….he called for some love from the audience and “Mind you I’m not a dancer and JD knew this BEFORE we got married!” I guess I wasn’t bobbing my head fast enough or something. He was on his knees…and looks straight at me and says “You aint even feeling me!” (Wanna get away? DING!)..LOLOlol…my wife covered her face in disbelief. I was floored….and started bobbing that much harder it’s truly something we talked about on the ride back….and Im sure she’s telling friends and people at work about today. I didn’t appreciate being called out by Max! So I guess I’m going need some hand dance lessons or something! “Message> Dont sit your azz in the front row if you aint prepared to move…..and EVER spend $600 on a pair of tickets because if fans rush and crowd the front of the stage like they did last night…it’s THE WORST SEAT IN THE HOUSE! Still had a great time seeing my wife enjoy herself! Shout out to Kelli at SOJO.
That Southern Thang He Likes said:
Oh man the last time I saw Maxwell in Dc was just a few days before Sept 11th. Oh my goodness that was a great show, he dedicated it to Aaliyah who hadnt been long passed away. But this past Monday, 11/17/08 was unreal. Thank God my co workers husband didnt want to go and she invited me along, wwwhhheeeww! Max did the thing and the $80 was well worth it. I didnt need to be up on stage and or close, mid section was good enough for me and we enjoyed ourselves. At the end, I advised my neighbor and her man to sit and dont move because he was coming back on stage like he did last time (2001). She didnt believe me until…… Sure nuff he came back on and tore it up, Lord have mercy. I just had a baby in August and the man made me want to go home and make another one!!! My husband worked the lighting in the show and ran down and almost dragged me out of the bldge after the show, lol !!
Dont miss the show yall, its well worth it!
Loved the blog, lady! With all of the videos that I’ve watched of Max in concert, watching him spinning on the floor on one hand was a first! BTW, I’m still chuckling at the ‘granny’ part. Don’t tell Biscuit 😉
I absolutelu loved the blog! With all of the videos that I’ve watched of Max in concert, watching him spinning on the floor on one hand was a first! BTW, I’m still chuckling at the ‘granny’ part. Don’t tell Biscuit 😉
I absolutely loved the blog! With all of the videos that I’ve watched of Max in concert, watching him spinning on the floor on one hand was a first! BTW, I’m still chuckling at the ‘granny’ part. Don’t tell Biscuit 😉
Madame Zenobia said:
Thanks for the clips and the reviews!!! Few artists give truly, truly special ‘experiences’ in their concerts. Lots of them call it “an experience”, but the high leaves you quick. This kind of performing is MEMORABLE and deep-rooted and it’s a damn shame I could only witness it through your clips. LOL. However, I did see Maxwell in concert during his Embrya-phase and the man was beautiful, hypnotic, magnetic. I LOVE THIS MAN. 🙂
vivrant thang said:
I have died a 1000 deaths at some of your recounts. I tell you I wish Maxie could read this. He might have actually since I sent it to him on Twitter. We are some lucky folx to be able to have seen him. Lots of people are hating. LOL!
Great review! I’m also a big fan of Maxwell and I’m overjoyed to hear that he’s finally back after 7 long years. I miss the hair, too. One thing I can say, though, Maxwell’s still got his groove on! I hope he continues to make great music.
Can I buy you a nice Christmas present?! I can not thank you enough for the videos. I missed this concert – my girlfriend calls me the day after asking if I went and I didn’t even know about it! – but just looking at your videos brought back memories of the last time I saw him. My heart is pounding so fast and my throat is all tight feeling….and the video doesn’t even give me a clear up close view of him. Perhaps this has something to do with the reason my husband said at the last concert that he would NEVER in his life accompany me on a Maxwell concert again! I must say I can’t blame him. It really was as if he no longer existed. Again, just seeing the short clippings here….GOOD LORD! I too love and miss the hair, I would often imagine it in my clenched fist ( I digress – sorry!) – but wasn’t it like seeing an old friend from way back and thinking “dang, he aged well!” It’s like the grown up Max….. Oh well, I’m gonna look/listen to Everwanting one more time and then head up stairs. My husband sure better be up cuz Lord knows I want to…..!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way, did he sing Submerge from the Embrya CD? I think I would have had to leave the building – seriously!