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Hootie & The Blowfish celebrate 25 years of ‘Cracked Rear View’

Hootie & The Blowfish, with lead singer Darius Rucker (third from left), is now embarked on its most extensive tour in years.
Hootie & The Blowfish, with lead singer Darius Rucker (third from left), is now embarked on its most extensive tour in years.
(Photo by Todd & Chris Owyoun)

Few bands have ever had a bigger debut album than Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Cracked Rear View,” which came out in 1994 and sold 13 million copies in the United States alone in barely 18 months.

Likewise, few bands have ever seen their popularity decline so resolutely as Hootie, whose combined sales for their next six albums amounted to barely a fraction of what their first album sold alone.

That should make the band’s “Cracked Rear View” 25th anniversary trek — billed as the “Group Therapy Tour” — a nostalgia-fueled victory lap by an act that hasn’t had a hit in this century.

But so what?

The draw for fans are such weathered Hootie hits as “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be With You,” not new songs.

So break out your bucket hats, crop tops and hacky sacks, and get ready to party like it’s 1994.

Hootie & The Blowfish, with Barenaked Ladies: 7:30 p.m. Friday. North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $29.50-$183.50, plus service fees. livenation.com