Monday, December 3, 2018
– Darius Rucker will hit the road once again next summer, but don't expect to hear him singing country.
Hootie & the Blowfish announcd on NBC's TODAY this morning to its return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with special guest Barenaked Ladies.
Hootie will also release a forthcoming sixth studio album under new label home Universal Music Group Nashville as their debut "Cracked Rear View" celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The band formed by Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld during their time as students at the University of South Carolina will visit 44 cities on the tour produced by Live Nation, kicking off Thursday, May 30 in Virginia Beach, Va. and wrapping Friday, Sept. 13 with a Columbia, S.C.homecoming.
"Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal," said Rucker who, in the 10-plus year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine number one singles on country radio.
Felber said, "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 said.
Bryan said, "There's nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we'll be coming back to Columbia, S.C. where it all began," before Rucker interjected, "and we're ready to rock."
Tour dates are:
May 30 Virginia Beach, Va. - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
May 31 Raleigh, N.C. - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
June 1 Atlanta, Ga. - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 6 Orange Beach, Ala. - The Wharf
June 7 Tampa, Fla. - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 8 West Palm Beach, Fla. - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 13 Austin, Texas - Austin360 Amphitheater
June 14 Houston, Texas - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
June 15 Dallas, Texas - Dos Equis Pavilion
June 19 Phoenix, Ariz. - Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 21 Chula Vista, Calif. - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 22 Las Vegas, Nev. - T-Mobile Arena
June 23 Irvine, Calif. - FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
June 25 Los Angeles, Calif. - Hollywood Bowl
June 28 Wheatland, Calif. - Toyota Amphitheatre
June 29 Mountain View, Calif. - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 11 Englewood, Colo. - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
July 13 Maryland Heights, Mo. - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 14 Rogers, Ark. - Walmart AMP
July 19 Monticello, Iowa - Great Jones County Fair
July 20 Cincinnati, Ohio - Riverbend Music Center
July 21 Burgettstown, Penn. - KeyBank Pavilion
July 26 Cleveland, Ohio - Blossom Music Center
July 27 Bristow, Va. - Jiffy Lube Live
July 28 Camden, N.J. - BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 2 Guilford, N.H. - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 3 Mansfield, Mass. - Xfinity Center
Aug. 4 Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 8 Columbia, Md. - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 9 Canandaigua, N.Y. - Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
Aug. 10 New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden
Aug. 16 Detroit, Mich. - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 17 Noblesville, Ind. - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug. 18 Des Moines, Iowa - Iowa State Fair
Aug. 22 St. Paul, Minn. - Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 23 East Troy, Wis. - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 24 Tinley Park, Ill. - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 Toronto, Ont. - Budweiser Stage
Aug. 30 Hershey, Penn. - Hersheypark Stadium
Aug. 31 Hartford, Conn. - XFINITY Theatre
Sept. 5 Charlotte, N.C. - PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 6 Birmingham, Ala. - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sept. 7 Nashville, Tenn. - Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 13 Columbia, S.C. - Colonial Life Arena