Hootie & the Blowfish Begin Reunion Tour: Watch

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Hootie and the Blowfish have begun their reunion tour with Darius Rucker. The run was announced on Dec. 3 with the band joined by special guest Barenaked Ladies for a 44-city trek—dubbed the “Group Therapy Tour.” It ends, fittingly, with several shows in Columbia, SC, where they formed.

See several clips from the first two shows below.

On April 11, the band announced 25th anniversary reissues of their debut album, Cracked Rear View. (The 1994 release is currently the tenth best-selling album of all time in the U.S., certified 21x Platinum.) The new edition, which arrived May 31, features a newly remastered edition of the album, rare and unreleased studio and live recordings, plus a DVD with surround sound mixes, music videos and more.

The third disc of a 3-CD/1-DVD set features a 20-song concert recorded at Nick’s Fat City in Pittsburgh, PA, on February 3, 1995, most of which is previously unreleased.

Hootie & the Blowfish

The band – Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld – recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Don Gehman.

“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.

Watch them perform on opening night (May 30)

The group formed in Columbia, SC, in 1986. Cracked Rear View included four hits: “Hold My Hand” (#10), “Let Her Cry” (#9), “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6) and “Time” (#14).

Watch them perform their huge hit on May 31

“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)

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 11 – 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 11 – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
Sep 12 – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
Sep 13 – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena

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Watch Hootie and the Blowfish perform “Only Want to Be With You” in 2018

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