Margeaux Watson
October 10, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

“There are not enough panties on my stage tonight!”

That’s long-MIA soul singer Maxwell working the ladies in the house—including Rosie Perez and Holly Robinson Pete—during his concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall last night. From channeling ’80s-era Prince to delivering a scorching rendition of Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful,” the Brooklyn native received a hero’s welcome at the hometown stop of his first tour in six years, featuring opening act Jazmine Sullivan, who recently dropped her buzzworthy debut CD, Fearless. In addition to dry humping the stage (!) and performing old favorites like “Fortunate” and “Lifetime,” Max previewed three seductive new cuts (“Pretty Wings,” “Bad Habits,” “Cold”) from his much-anticipated follow-up to 2001’s Now.

No release date has been announced yet, but if yesterday’s show is any indication of what to expect, his next CD is likely to be the hottest comeback album since Mariah Carey’s 2005 miracle, The Emancipation of Mimi. See for yourself when BET’s Access Granted goes behind the scenes of the tour’s kick-off show in South Africa, airing on Oct. 19 at 10PM.

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