Hootie & The Blowfish, which has kept a very low public profile for at least the past decade, will mount a major 2019 tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut album, “Cracked Rear View.” Moreover, the South Carolina-bred pop-rock band, which has not released a new album since 2005’s “Looking For Lucky,” has signed a new contract with Universal Music Group Nashville and is set to release new music later this year.
Hootie, which is headed by singer-turned-country-music-star Darius Rucker, will kick off its 44-city “Group Therapy Tour” on May 30 in Virginia Beach, Va. The tour, announced Monday morning, concludes Sept. 13 in the band’s hometown of Columbia, S.C. All dates and cities appear below.
The extensive concert trek will include five California shows, beginning with a June 21 performance at San Diego’s North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre (the venue formerly known as Mattress Firm Amphitheatre).
The other California dates are: June 23 at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine; June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl; June 28 at Toyota Pavilion in Sacramento; and June 29 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.
The Canadian band Barenaked Ladies will be the opening act for all the shows on the nostalgia-fueled tour.
Released in 1994, Hootie’s “Cracked Rear View” album sold between 14.5 million and 16 million copies, depending on the source, and produced such hit songs as “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”
Hootie’s representatives stress that the “Group Therapy Tour” is a concert trek designed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of “Cracked Rear View,” not a reunion tour.
That may be technically correct. But since Rucker launched his very successful country solo career more than a decade ago, the number of Hootie’s concerts has diminished dramatically. Indeed, the band does not appear to have performed anywhere between August 2008 and August 2012.
Since then, the four-man group has played live only a handful of times each year.
“You know, life's going pretty good for everybody right now, so we're not really dying to get back together and do a tour or anything like that,” Rucker told abcnews.go.com in 2017. “But, you know, someday."
Hootie’s “someday” comes six years after Rucker became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2012.
“We’ve never stopped being a band,” said Hootie bassist Dean Felber, in a statement released Monday morning.
“There’s nothing like playing music live,” added guitarist Mark Bryan. “For the first time in nearly 20 years, we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina, where it all began.”
Tickets for the “Group Therapy Tour” go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. to the general public at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
An online pre-sale for Citi card members and Hootie fan club members begins today, Monday at 10 a.m. and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday, at citiprivatepass.com.
Tickets for the band’s June 21 San Diego concert are priced from $25-$149.50, plus service charges.
Hootie & The Blowfish “Group Therapy Tour” itinerary
Thursday, May 30: Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loan Amphitheatre
Friday, May 31: Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Saturday, June 1: Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
Thursday, June 6: Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf
Friday, June 7: Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 8: West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Thursday, June 13: Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre
Friday, June 14: Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Saturday, June 15: Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
Wednesday, June 19: Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Friday, June 21: San Diego, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 22: Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
Sunday, June 23: Irvine, FivePoint Amphitheatre
Tuesday, June 25: Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl
Friday, June 28: Sacramento, Toyota Pavilion
Saturday, June 29: Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheatre
Thursday, July 11: Englewood, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Friday, July 12: St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 13: Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 20: Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
Sunday, July 21: Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
Friday, July 26: Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
Saturday, July 27: Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
Sunday, July 28: Camden, PA, BB&T Pavilion
Friday, August 2: Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire
Saturday, August 3: Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
Sunday, August 4: Saratoga Springs, NY, SPAC
Thursday, August 8: Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Friday, August 9: Rochester, NY, CMAC
Saturday, August 10: New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 16: Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
Saturday, August 17: Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sunday, August 18: Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair
Thursday, August 22: St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
Friday, August 23: East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Saturday, August 24: Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Thursday, August 29: Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
Friday, August 30: Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium
Saturday, August: 31 Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theater
Thursday, September 5: Charlotte, NC, PNC Pavilion
Friday, September 6: Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 7: Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
Friday, September 13: Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena