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 well as the release of a forthcoming sixth studio album. The South Carolina foursome will set out on the 44-city Group Therapy Tour in the spring and summer of 2019 with direct support from special guests Barenaked Ladies.
Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker, and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld formed Hootie & the Blowfish during their time as students at the University of South Carolina, and they will appropriately wrap their comeback tour in Columbia on Friday, September 13th.
The 2019 Group Therapy Tour does not include a Charleston show, but there are several performances nearby:
- 5/31/19 - Raleigh
- 6/1/19 - Atlanta
- 9/5/19 - Charlotte
- 9/13/19 - Columbia
In addition to hitting the road on the Group Therapy Tour in 2019, the band 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.
In the 10+ year break since their last formal tour, and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, lead singer Darius Rucker began a solo career that charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio. Despite this break, Hootie & the Blowfish performed together sporadically and continued to hold their annual HomeGrown concert performance and fundraiser each summer on Daniel Island.
Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the 2019 Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning today at 10 am local time until Thursday, December 6th at 10 pm 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, December 3rd at 10 am. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, December 5th starting at 10 am local time before they go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 7th at www.LiveNation.com.
The two-time Grammy nominee Barenaked Ladies are best known for their hit singles “One Week" and “Pinch Me.”
For more information about Hootie & the Blowfish, visit www.hootie.com or follow them on social media.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to livenation.com.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 3, 2018