Hootie and the Blowfish Are Reuniting For a New Tour and Album

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The creators of “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be with You” are getting back together!

Nineties alt-rock-blues band Hootie & the Blowfish announced on the “Today” show on Dec. 3 that they are going on a 44-city tour with the Barenaked Ladies next year. The band also plans to release a new album in 2019.

Lead singer Darius Rucker, guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld first formed a band in 1983 while still in college. But it wasn’t until they released their hugely successful debut album, “Cracked Rear View,” in 1994, that Hootie & the Blowfish became a household name.

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Hootie’s new tour and album will coincide with the 25th anniversary of “Cracked Rear View”‘s release, which the Recording Industry Association of America named one of the 10 most popular albums of all time.

“We’re doing it for the fans,” Rucker said of their reunion gigs, dubbed the”Group Therapy Tour.” “There were people who came to see us all the time and all of a sudden we just stopped playing.”

While the band never officially disbanded, it did go on hiatus in 2008, and members have gone on to do solo projects. Rucker, in particular, made a name for himself in country music.

“It feels kind of new again from that standpoint of not having done it for awhile,” Bryan told “Today.”

Are you hyped for Hootie & the Blowfish getting back together?

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