We reported how Mary, Mary (Tina and Erica Campbell) the, BET-crowned “queens of gospel” agreed to join R and B artist Maxwell for several shows on his BLACK summers night tour. The sisters, members of Evangelistic COGIC in Los Angeles, opened for Maxwell on August 2 in Jacksonville, Florida, and August 3 in Charleston, South Carolina, and again for the final show of their Columbia Records label mate on August 5 in Durham, North Carolina.
But during the New Jersey leg of the show, Maxwell told his male fans, from the beginning, the shows were just a set up so they could “get them some a**”. [source]
Max stopped off at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on Wednesday night, and he brought his two main weapons: that soulfully rich voice and sex appeal. Yeah, sex appeal. Even the most heterosexual man has to admit that Max has it. The women eat up every second of Max’s elegant wooing, and he drives the ladies wild with his natural charisma.
After Chrisette Michele opened, Maxwell came out in sunglasses, accompanied by his booming band. He started things off with a classic: “Get to Know Ya.” He stood at the mic singing, standing in an open stance. He took his glasses off, and ladies started to scream as if he had stripped down.
The lights faded to black and came back on, as Max dropped down to a squat and started clapping his hands. The music turned into “Sumthin’ Sumthin’.” As he sang, he went into a one-legged split, Jackie Wilson-style.
After “This Woman’s Work” and “Pretty Wings,” women started coming down from the back rows and lining up in front of the stage to give him bouquets of roses and hopefully get a hug. One lady even threw a pair of panties onstage. He later addressed the fellas, calling his concert the “greatest setup ever.”
“If you can’t get yourself some a– after this show right here,” Maxwell laughed. “I was looking out from the beginning. Some people wanna hate, but I been setting you up from the beginning.”
So there’s no accusing of “hating on” Tina and Erica, there you have it. Mary, Mary got had, as checker pieces in a big set up to help men get free sex courtesy of Maxwell. Although the pair claimed they aren’t trying to entice men, they see nothing wrong with showing off what’s underneath.
“Sometimes, people think we’re a little bit sexy. I don’t have a problem with that,” she says. “I would like to think that I’m sexy. I have a husband who I would like to think that every time he sees me. Truth be known, I’m a woman. I would love to be appealing to men. It is not my endeavor [to] entice, to cause anyone to lust.” source (our italics)
I wonder if the men attending Maxwell’s shows could tell the difference between a woman showing it off for her husband in private or being part of a public show the star says was intended to facilitate fornication and adultery?