Soul star Maxwell has cancelled the second half of his U.S. tour with Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, citing "scheduling conflicts."
The singer will play all of his dates up to and including sold out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden on June 25th and 26th, but he has postponed the entire second leg of the trek. He was due to perform 11 shows between June 28th and July 15th, taking in cities such as Nashville, Tennessee and Boston, Massachusetts, but the gigs will now take place next year.
It has been rumored the star scrapped the shows after falling out with his warm-up acts, Scott and Badu, following a disagreement over their allotted time slots.
However, Scott's publicist has slammed the reports, telling Billboard.com, "Jill has enjoyed every moment on stage with Maxwell, whom she calls a consummate gentleman and tour mate. She looks forward to sharing the rest of the tour with all of the supportive followers."
And Maxwell's representatives at Shore Fire Media have blamed scheduling difficulties for the cancellations: "Due to scheduling conflicts with the venues, Maxwell's additional tour dates with Melanie Fiona (scheduled to begin June 28 in Greensboro, N.C.) have been postponed to 2011. Refunds have been provided to ticket buyers. New dates will be announced later this year."