First John Mayer was forced to lay off touring to protect his voice, then the same thing happened to Adele. Now R&B singer Maxwell, who was getting set to commence a six-date run called the "MaxwellTwoNight" tour, has announced that he must cancel it, including both stops at the Staples Center on July 20-21. His doctors have advised that he take a complete vocal rest after developing vocal cord edema and a vocal cord hemorrhage.
The singer wrote in a statement that he had no choice but to cancel. "I know this sucks but after many months of recording I've temporarily damaged my voice. I've had issues before during other tours, but was able to power through. I've been strongly advised to rest and undergo treatment. I look forward to hopefully seeing you next on our full fledged tour, when the sequel to the "Blacksummer's Night" trilogy is released. My deepest apologies to those who made the effort to try and see the show. Love and Thanks, M."
In addition to the dates at Staples Center, Maxwell is canceling two dates in Atlanta (July 27-28) and two dates in Newark, N.J., on Aug. 3-4.
-- Randall Roberts
Photo: Maxwell performs during Clive Davis' annual Pre-Grammy Gala in 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.