Maxwell announces first tour in 6 years

August 22, 2008 5:30:27 PM PDT
Maxwell is back. The hair is not.

The 35-year-old neo-soul singer, whose smooth voice and good looks have melted fans since the '90s, announced his first tour in six years.

The North American tour kicks off in Boston on Oct. 8 and includes stops in New York City and Los Angeles, according to a Thursday press release.

The live dates will be a "pre-party tour celebration" for the singer's upcoming trilogy album "Black Summers' Night," according to the release.

Maxwell's last album, 2001's seductively funky "Now," followed on the heels of 1998's "Embrya." It has been 12 years since his 1996 hit debut "Urban Hang Suite" cemented his status as an R&B sex symbol.

The singer is also sporting a new look, with recent photos of him on his MySpace site showing off a cleanly shaven noggin instead of his once signature wild curls.