The State - - Front Page - BY EMILY BOHATCH AND TEDDY KULMALA ebo­[email protected]­ tkul­[email protected]­

Columbia’s fa­vorite sons, Hootie & the Blow­fish, add a sec­ond con­cert next Septem­ber in Colo­nial Life Arena.

The sec­ond week of Septem­ber in 2019 is shap­ing up to be a big one in Columbia.

Hootie & the Blow­fish will play two con­certs, not just one, at Colo­nial Life Arena, the band an­nounced Fri­day.

“Columbia! Y’all blew us away and al­ready SOLD OUT Colo­nial Life Arena. So… we added an­other!” the band Tweeted.

The Columbia-born band an­nounced ear­lier this week that they are back at it with a new al­bum and a U.S. tour next year.

The “Group Ther­apy Tour” will wrap up with the two stops in Columbia. Hootie will now have shows Sept. 12 and 13.

Tick­ets for the orig­i­nally an­nounced Columbia show (Sept. 13) went on sale Fri­day and sold out within min­utes, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from The Univer­sity of South Carolina. The per­for­mances will hap­pen the nights be­fore the Game­cocks host Alabama at Wil­liams-Brice Sta­dium.

Tick­ets for the Sept. 12 show will go on sale Dec. 14 at 10 a.m., ac­cord­ing to a tweet from the band.

Citi card­mem­bers will have ac­cess to pur­chas­ing pre-sale tick­ets start­ing Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Univer­sity of South Carolina. Hootie fan club mem­bers will be able to pur­chase pre-sale tick­ets then as well.

“It’s go­ing to be one hell of a week­end in Game- cock coun­try!” they Tweeted.

The band re­united for the big an­nounce­ment Mon­day on NBC’s “To­day” show, dur­ing which Hootie front­man Dar­ius Rucker said that Cana­dian rock band Bare­naked Ladies will be join­ing them.

The tour, which will make at least 40 stops, kicks off May 30 in Vir­ginia Beach.

“There’s noth­ing like play­ing mu­sic live,” Hootie band mem­ber Mark Bryan said in a re­lease from Colo­nial Life Arena. “For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be com­ing back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all be­gan.”

Other per­for­mances in the Caroli­nas in­clude Raleigh at Coastal Credit Union Mu­sic Park on May 31 and at Char­lotte’s PNC Mu­sic Pav­il­ion on Sept. 5, ac­cord­ing to Live Na­tion.

The band played a re­union con­cert in At­lanta in July that was fol­lowed by two more con­certs in Au­gust.

The an­nounce­ment Mon­day was fol­lowed by a live per­for­mance of the band’s hit “Let Her Cry” in the NBC stu­dio.

The band was formed at USC in 1986. Their de­but al­bum “Cracked Rear View” went plat­inum 16 times and re­mains one of the best-sell­ing al­bums of all time. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Per­for­mance by a Duo or Group with Vo­cals in 1996.

De­tails about their forth­com­ing sixth stu­dio al­bum are not yet avail­able, but it will come as the group cel­e­brates the 25th an­niver­sary of “Cracked Rear View.”

The two-time Grammy nom­i­nee Bare­naked Ladies is per­haps best known for its sin­gle “One Week,” with other well-known sin­gles in­clud­ing “Pinch Me” and “It’s All Been Done.”


Hootie & the Blow­fish will play two con­certs at Colo­nial Life Arena next fall. The shows are Sept. 12 and 13.

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