HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ADD SECOND COLUMBIA, S.C. GROUP THERAPY TOUR DATE DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:15pm

Hootie & the Blowfish surprised fans Monday by announcing that for the first time in over a decade they will be releasing new music and embarking on the Live Nation-produced Group Therapy Tour in 2019. Loyal fans of the band described by Rolling Stone as “mixing elements of rock, soul, folk and pop” sold out the tour’s Columbia, S.C. homecoming finale on Friday, Sept. 13 during the pre-sale and initial few moments when tickets went on sale to the general public this morning, prompting the band to add a second Colonial Life Arena show on Thursday, Sept. 12
 
The band’s announcement was met with open arms by fans and critics alike, with Billboard proclaiming “Hootie & the Blowfish are back and better than ever” and “yes, we’re ready for it” while USA Today noted “1990s nostalgia will invade North America next summer.”
 
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 for the added show beginning Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit 
www.citiprivatepass.com.

Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale Monday, Dec. 10. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 12 before they go on sale to the general public Friday, Dec. 14 at 
www.LiveNation.com. All pre-sale and on-sale times are 10 a.m. local.
 
“We always felt there would be another tour, and it was just about timing. We’re not doing this for us. We’re doing it for those people who used to plan their vacations around the Hootie & the Blowfish tour,” shares lead singer Darius Rucker. “And we can’t wait to see them again.”
 
“It means the world that our fans have reacted so positively this week,” adds guitarist Mark Bryan, “especially in a city as important to us as Columbia, where we get to play for the first time in almost 20 years.”
 
Tickets to all previously announced dates are available now at 
www.LiveNation.com.
 
Group Therapy Tour
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
 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, Pa.
 KeyBank Pavilion
July 26              Cleveland, Ohio
 Blossom Music Center
July 27              Bristow, Va.
 Jiffy Lube Live
July 28              Camden, N.J.
 BB&T Pavilion
 
August 2           Guilford, N.H.
 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3           Mansfield, Mass.
 Xfinity Center
August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
 Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 8           Columbia, Md.
 Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y.
 Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
August 10         New York, N.Y.
 Madison Square Garden
August 16         Detroit, Mich.
 DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 17         Noblesville, Ind.
 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 18         Des Moines, Iowa
 Iowa State Fair
August 22         St. Paul, Minn.
 Minnesota State Fair
August 23         East Troy, Wis.
 Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 24         Tinley Park, Ill.
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 29         Toronto, Ont.
 Budweiser Stage
August 30         Hershey, Pa.
 Hersheypark Stadium
August 31         Hartford, Conn.
 XFINITY Theatre
 
September 5      Charlotte, N.C.
 PNC Music Pavilion 
September 6      Birmingham, Ala.
 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
September 7      Nashville, Tenn.
 Bridgestone Arena
September 12    Columbia, S.C.
 Colonial Life Arena
September 13    Columbia, S.C.
 
Colonial Life Arena
 
For more information, visit 
www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.
 
About Hootie & the Blowfish
With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as "Hold My Hand", "Let Her Cry" and "Only Wanna Be With You." 
 
The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.
 
Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People's Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard's Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA's Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.
 
The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in CharlestonThe Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2008, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band's first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.
 
About Barenaked Ladies
Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have sold over 15 million albums, written multiple Top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson, “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations, won 8 JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them (“If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours”), wrote and recorded the theme song to the award-winning TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield and garnered an international fan base whose members number in the millions. In 2018, the band (vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan) celebrated their 30th anniversary with the release of a dynamic new album, Fake Nudes, a much-deserved induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (with Rush vocalist Geddy Lee handling the honors) and a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.” The band is currently in pre-production for a new album due in 2019. For more information, visit 
www.barenakedladies.com.
 
About Live Nation Entertainment
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www.livenationentertainment.com.
 
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