Hootie & the Blowfish Group Therapy Tour Coming to the Walmart AMP
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, December 3, 2018 – Iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish announced today a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019 with Barenaked Ladies for the Group Therapy Tour, making a stop at the Walmart AMP on Sunday, July 14, 2019 as part of the Cox Concert Series. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Dec. 7 at 10am. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $129.50 plus applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com. In-person purchases can be made at the Walmart AMP Box Office in Rogers from 10am until 6pm on Dec. 7 or at the Walton Arts Center Box Office in Fayetteville Monday through Friday, 10am until 2pm and Saturday, noon until 4 pm. Citi is the official presale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. Citi card members will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning today at 10 am until Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 pm through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale starting today at 10 am. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 5 starting at 10 am before they go on sale to the general public The band formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker 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. Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on NBC’s Today this morning to announce the tour. “Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” reflects Rucker who, in the 10+ year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio. Felber notes, “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.”
In addition to hitting the road on the Group Therapy Tour in 2019, the band described as “beloved” by the New York Times and praised by Billboard for their “undeniable charm” 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.
Cracked Rear View, certified by the RIAA as 21x Platinum and the fifth-most certified studio album of all time, marked the beginning of a whirlwind of success for the two-time Grammy® winners who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and notch 17 Billboard-charting songs to date.
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 two Grammy nominations, and won eight Juno Awards.
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. The band is currently in pre-production for a new album due in 2019.