• HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ADD A SECOND DATE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND.

    Iconic pop-rockers Hootie & the Blowfish thrilled fans by announcing a return to full-time touring with the Group Therapy Tour in support of their forthcoming album under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville and supporters have been quick to express their excitement through an overwhelming demand for tickets. Today, the band announced the addition of a second Madison Square Garden date on Sunday, August 11 in response to the initial Saturday, August 10 date’s sell out.

    Critics have also celebrated the band’s return to the road, with Billboard declaring “Hootie & the Blowfish are back and better than ever” and “we’re ready for it” while Esquire proclaimed “welcome back, Hootie… it is our duty as Americans to show up.” USA Today noted that “1990s nostalgia will invade North America [this] summer” while Consequence of Sound included the Group Therapy Tour in their “30 Most Anticipated Tours of 2019.”

    The additional Madison Square Garden show marks the second added date on the Live Nation-produced tour, with the band already having doubled down in Columbia, South Carolina for a homecoming finale. Several other stops on the tour are also sold out months in advance with tickets available in limited quantities for many remaining shows. Visit www.hootie.com for more information regarding specific dates.

    “Madison Square Garden, for any musician, is Mecca,” lead singer Darius Rucker recently shared with ESPN’s Paul Finebaum of the legendary venue. “When you’ve played the Garden and you’ve sold out the Garden, you know you’ve made it. You’ve done something.”

    Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets to the August 11 Madison Square Garden show beginning today, February 11. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also purchase pre-sale tickets today, with the Barenaked Ladies fan club presale to follow on Wednesday, February 13 and the Live Nation and venue pre-sales on Thursday February 14. All pre-sales begin at 10 a.m. ET and conclude on Thursday, February 14 at 10 p.m. ET in advance of the general public onsale this Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. ET.
     
    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
     
    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre
     
    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion
     
    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 11         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre
     
    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion 
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com of follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ADD SECOND COLUMBIA, S.C. GROUP THERAPY TOUR DATE DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND.

     

    Hootie & the Blowfish surprised fans Monday by announcing that for the first time in over a decade they will be releasing new music and embarking on the Live Nation-produced Group Therapy Tour in 2019. Loyal fans of the band described by Rolling Stone as “mixing elements of rock, soul, folk and pop” sold out the tour’s Columbia, S.C. homecoming finale on Friday, Sept. 13 during the pre-sale and initial few moments when tickets went on sale to the general public this morning, prompting the band to add a second Colonial Life Arena show on Thursday, Sept. 12.

    The band’s announcement was met with open arms by fans and critics alike, with Billboard proclaiming “Hootie & the Blowfish are back and better than ever” and “yes, we’re ready for it” while USA Today noted “1990s nostalgia will invade North America next summer.”

    Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets for the added show beginning Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale Monday, Dec. 10. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 12 before they go on sale to the general public Friday, Dec. 14 at www.LiveNation.com. All pre-sale and on-sale times are 10 a.m. local.

    “We always felt there would be another tour, and it was just about timing. We’re not doing this for us. We’re doing it for those people who used to plan their vacations around the Hootie & the Blowfish tour,” shares lead singer Darius Rucker. “And we can’t wait to see them again.”

    “It means the world that our fans have reacted so positively this week,” adds guitarist Mark Bryan, “especially in a city as important to us as Columbia, where we get to play for the first time in almost 20 years.”

    Tickets to all previously announced dates are available now at www.LiveNation.com.

    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Pa. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Pa. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand”, “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in CharlestonThe Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2008, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ANNOUNCE ‘GROUP THERAPY TOUR’ FOR 2019; WILL RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON UMG NASHVILLE.

    Iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on NBC’s TODAY this morning to announce a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with direct support from special guest Barenaked Ladies.

     

    The band formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld during their time as students at the University of South Carolina will visit 44 cities on the tour produced by Live Nation, kicking off Thursday, May 30th in Virginia Beach, Virginia and wrapping Friday, September 13th with a Columbia, South Carolina homecoming.

     

    Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning today, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale starting today, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. local time. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 5 starting at 10 a.m. local time before they go on sale to the general public this Friday, Dec. 7 at www.LiveNation.com.

    “Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” reflects Rucker who, in the 10+ year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio.

    Felber notes, “Having those shows at fraternity houses, clubs and dive bars under our belt prepared us for success to a degree, and it’s something we’re proud of – that we put in the work – but what matters to me the most is that we’re still a band all these years later. We’ve never stopped being a band.”

    “We were content playing clubs and small theaters, so playing to three-, four- and five-times that size was incredible, and we’re looking forward to that feeling again on this tour,” Sonefeld echoes.

    Bryan adds, “There’s nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began,” before Rucker interjects, “and we’re ready to rock.”

    In addition to hitting the road on the Group Therapy Tour in 2019, the band described as “beloved” by the New York Times and praised by Billboard for their “undeniable charm” will also release a forthcoming sixth studio album under new label home Universal Music Group Nashville as their debut Cracked Rear View celebrates its 25th anniversary.

    Cracked Rear View, certified by the RIAA as 21x Platinum and the fifth-most certified studio album of all time, marked the beginning of a whirlwind of success for the two-time GRAMMY winners who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and notch 17 Billboard-charting songs to date.

    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. |  Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole and easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View earned the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2008, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

    About Barenaked Ladies
    Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have sold over 15 million albums, written multiple Top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations, won 8 JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them (“If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours”), wrote and recorded the theme song to the award-winning TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield and garnered an international fan base whose members number in the millions. In 2018, the band (vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan) celebrated their 30th anniversary with the release of a dynamic new album, Fake Nudes, a much-deserved induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (with Rush vocalist Geddy Lee handling the honors) and a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.” The band is currently in pre-production for a new album due in 2019. For more information, visit www.barenakedladies.com.