Hootie & The Blowfish And Barenaked Ladies Set For 'Group Therapy' Summer Tour

Hootie & The Blowfish are back!!!! This summer the band will join forces with Barenaked Ladies for the sprawling 44-date North American "Group Therapy" tour, and have announced a new band record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. The band's upcoming sixth album will be the followup to 2005's Looking For Lucky, and coincides with the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Cracked Rear View. The trek kicks off on May 30th in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Veterans United Amphitheater and winds down on September 13th with a homecoming gig at Columbia, South Carolina's Colonial Life Arena. Hootie & The Blowfish's debut album Cracked Rear View, which was released on July 5th, 1994, was certified by the RIAA as 21-times Platinum and is the fifth-most certified studio album of all time. The band is a two-time Grammy winner who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and score a whopping 17 Billboard-charting songs to date. Frontman Darius Rucker who in the decade-plus year break since their last formal tour has reacked up nine chart-topping solo singles on country radio. A while back, Rucker recalled to us that after hearing the single "Hold My Hand" in 1994, David Letterman immediately called his talent booker to schedule the then-unknown Hootie & The Blowfish on his show: "He was the catalyst of our career. He was the guy who made us a household name. Now seeing how all that works with the booking agents and all that stuff, it's amazing that our fortunes happened that he just happened to hear us on the drive home. 'Cause I'm sure David Letterman never says to his booking agent, 'I want this band or that band.' Never. I'm sure it's just not what he's worried about. He's worrying about being funny that night. And for him to have heard it and called and say, 'I want them Friday,' is just unbelievable." : May 30 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Amphitheater May 31 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Amphitheater June 1 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheater 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 - Cynthia Woods Pavilion June 15 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion June 19 - Phoenix, AZ - AK-Chin Pavilion June 21 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre June 22 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena June 23 - Irvine, CA - Five Points Amphitheater 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 July 14 - Rogers, AR - Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion July 19 - Monticello, IA - Great Jones County Fair July 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center July 21 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion July 26 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center July 27 - Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live July 28 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion August 2 - Guilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion August 3 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center August 4 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center August 8 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion August 9 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC August 10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden August 16 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre August 17 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center August 18 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair August 22 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair August 23 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre August 24 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre August 29 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage August 30 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium August 31 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre September 5 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion September 6 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre September 7 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena September 13 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena