Pop-rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish announced on December 3, via their appearance on NBC’s “TODAY,” that the foursome will embark on their 2019 Group Therapy Tour with support from special guests, Barenaked Ladies.
The band consists of original members Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, who formed during their time as students at the University of South Carolina. The band will visit 44 cities produced by Live Nation, and the first show kicks off Thursday, May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The tour will conclude on Friday, Sept. 13 back where it all began, in Columbia, South Carolina.
Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets presently local time until Thursday, December 6 at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit here.
Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale beginning Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. local time. Barenaked Ladies fans tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Dec. 7 at www.LiveNation.com.
“Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” reflects Rucker who, in the 10+ year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio.
Felber notes, “Having those shows at fraternity houses, clubs and dive bars under our belt prepared us for success to a degree, and it’s something we’re proud of – that we put in the work – but what matters to me the most is that we’re still a band all these years later. We’ve never stopped being a band.”
“We were content playing clubs and small theaters, so playing to three-, four- and five-times that size was incredible, and we’re looking forward to that feeling again on this tour,” Sonefeld echoes.
Bryan adds, “There’s nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began,” before Rucker interjects, “and we’re ready to rock.”
The four-some will also be releasing their sixth studio album under their new label home, Universal Music Group Nashville, with their debut album, Cracked Rear View, celebrating 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.
May 30 – Virginia Beach,VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
May 31 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
June 1 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 6 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf
June 7 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 8 – West Palm Beach, FL- Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 13 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
June 14 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
June 15 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
June 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 21 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 22 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
June 23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
June 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
June 28 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
June 29 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 11 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 13 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 14 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
July 19 – Monticello, IA – Great Jones County Fair
July 20 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 21 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Jul 26 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 27 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 28 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 2 – Guilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 3 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 4 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 8 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 9 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
Aug. 10 – New York, NY – Madison Square Gardne
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 – Min
Aug. 23 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 24 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 – Toronto, ON – Budweister Stage
Aug. 30 – Hershey, PN – Hersheypark Stadium
Aug. 31 – Hartford, CN – XFINITY Theatre
Sept. 5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 6 – Birmingham, AL – Oak
Sept. 7 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 13 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
September 5 Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
September 6 Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
September 7 Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
September 13 Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
Source: Press Release