With hits like “Only Wanna Be With You,” and “Hold My Hand," Cracked Rear View went on to sell 21 million records. Hootie & The Blowfish went on hiatus in 2007 as Rucker pursued his solo career and recorded five albums for Capitol Nashville. In February, the band announced their return to the road with the 44-date Group Therapy tour and the release of their album Imperfect Circle slated for Nov. 1.
"Somebody said it the other day -- we never do anything the way we're supposed to do it, ever," Rucker told Billboard's Gary Trust in an article published today (Sept. 5) "Most people wouldn't have thought about touring until their record was ready, but we just wanted to go play. And now that we did that, we're real excited for the people who saw us play to hear some new music. So that's Hootie doing it the Hootie way again."
Doing it the Hootie way seems to be working for the band — the 2019 tour already accounts for the band’s 11 best-grossing shows of its career, including four dates that crossed the $1 million threshold, according to Billboard Boxscore. Group Therapy also their highest attendance figures ever, with an average 13,508 tickets per show sold.
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