HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ADD SECOND DATE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 10:15am

 Iconic pop-rockers Hootie & the Blowfish thrilled fans by announcing a return to full-time touring with the Group Therapy Tour in support of their forthcoming album under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville and supporters have been quick to express their excitement through an overwhelming demand for tickets. Today, the band announced the addition of a second Madison Square Garden date on Sunday, August 11 in response to the initial Saturday, August 10 date’s sell out.
 
Critics have also celebrated the band’s return to the road, with Billboard declaring “Hootie & the Blowfish are back and better than ever” and “we’re ready for it” while Esquire proclaimed “welcome back, Hootie… it is our duty as Americans to show up.” USA Today noted that “1990s nostalgia will invade North America [this] summer” while Consequence of Sound included the Group Therapy Tour in their “30 Most Anticipated Tours of 2019.”
 
The additional Madison Square Garden show marks the second added date on the Live Nation-produced tour, with the band already having doubled down in Columbia, South Carolina for a homecoming finale. Several other stops on the tour are also sold out months in advance with tickets available in limited quantities for many remaining shows. Visit 
www.hootie.com for more information regarding specific dates.
 
“Madison Square Garden, for any musician, is Mecca,” lead singer Darius Rucker recently shared with ESPN’s Paul Finebaum of the legendary venue. “When you’ve played the Garden and you’ve sold out the Garden, you know you’ve made it. You’ve done something.”
 
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 to the August 11 Madison Square Garden show beginning today, February 11. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit 
www.citiprivatepass.com. Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also purchase pre-sale tickets today, with the Barenaked Ladies fan club presale to follow on Wednesday, February 13 and the Live Nation and venue pre-sales on Thursday February 14. All pre-sales begin at 10 a.m. ET and conclude on Thursday, February 14 at 10 p.m. ET in advance of the general public onsale this Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. ET.
 
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, 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
 
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 11         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, Penn. | 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 of 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 Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, 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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