Hootie & The Blowfish add a 3rd show at Colonial Life Arena

Hootie & the Blowfish surprised fans in December by announcing that for the first time in over a decade they will be releasing new music and embarking on the Live Nation-produced Group Therapy Tour in 2019.

Now, the band announces the addition of a third hometown show on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Colonial Life Arena, according to a press release, Thursday.

Loyal fans of the band described by Rolling Stone as “mixing elements of rock, soul, folk and pop” sold out the tour’s Columbia homecoming finale on Friday, Sept. 13 during the pre-sale and initial few moments when tickets went on sale to the general public, prompting the band to nearly immediately add a second Colonial Life Arena show on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The band’s tour announcement was met with open arms by fans and critics alike, 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.”

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 for the added show beginning Monday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Additional pre-sales are at local time as follows, with tickets on sale to the public on Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.:

Hootie & the Blowfish Fan Club: Mon., Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. – Thurs., Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.
PLATINUM Pre-Sale: Mon., Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. – Thurs., Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.
Barenaked Ladies Fan Club: Wed., Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. – Thurs., Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.
Live Nation/Venue Pre-Sale: Thurs., Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. – Thurs., Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.

“We always felt there would be another tour, and it was just about timing. We’re not doing this for us. We’re doing it for those people who used to plan their vacations around the Hootie & the Blowfish tour,” shares lead singer Darius Rucker. “And we can’t wait to see them again.”

“It means the world that our fans have reacted so positively this week,” adds guitarist Mark Bryan, “especially in a city as important to us as Columbia, where we get to play for the first time in almost 20 years.”

Tickets to all previously announced dates are available now at www.LiveNation.com.

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