Hootie & Blowfish Reunite for LP, Tour With Barenaked Ladies

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Hootie and the Blowfish announced on Dec. 3 they are reuniting with Darius Rucker for an anniversary tour. The band will be joined by special guest Barenaked Ladies to team up for a 44-city trek—dubbed the “Group Therapy Tour”—that begins May 30 in Virginia Beach, VA, and ends, fittingly, in Columbia, SC, where they formed. Tickets are available here and here.

“We’re writing songs in the studio, we’re making a new album,” Rucker told The Today Show in an interview on Dec. 3. “We’re not doing it for us. We’re doing it for those people who used to plan their vacations around the Hootie & the Blowfish tour.”

For Hootie and the Blowfish, the tour is their first full-scale outing in more than a decade. The album will be their first new studio release in 15 years.

Hootie & the Blowfish

The group formed in Columbia, SC, in 1986. Their 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, has sold an astounding 21 million copies in the U.S., where it’s the #19 best-seller of all-time. The album included four hits: “Hold My Hand” (#10), “Let Her Cry” (#9), “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6) and “Time” (#14).

“We’ve played with Hootie and the Blowfish a few times over the years, and it’s always been a good time,” says Barenaked Ladies vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson. “We’re thrilled they asked us to support them on this tour.”

Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan have also begun writing the follow-up to 2017’s Fake Nudes, their 15th studio album.

Watch Barenaked Ladies reunite for the 2018 Juno Awards

Hootie and the Blowfish/Barenaked Ladies 2019 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

May 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Amphitheater
May 31 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Amphitheater
Jun 01 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheater
Jun 06 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf
Jun 07 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun 08 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Jun 13 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Jun 14 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Pavilion
Jun 15 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Jun 19 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
Jun 21 – Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Jun 22 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Jun 23 – Irvine, CA – Five Points Amphitheater
Jun 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Jun 28 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
Jun 29 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul 11 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Jul 13 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino
Jul 14 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
Jul 19 – Monticello, IA – Great Jones County Fair
Jul 20 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jul 21 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Jul 26 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Jul 27 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 28 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug 02 – Guilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug 03 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug 04 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 08 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug 09 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC
Aug 10 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug 16 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 17 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug 18 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair
Aug 22 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair
Aug 23 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug 24 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 29 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Aug 30 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Aug 31 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Sep 05 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep 06 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sep 07 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sep 13 – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

Watch Hootie and the Blowfish perform “Only Want to Be With You” this year

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