American modern rock band Hootie & The Blowfish had a decent run of hits in the UK, reaching number 12, 9 and 15 in the charts with their first three albums.
Still, it’s hard to overstate how ubiquitous the band’s songs were on the radio in America. Album sales reflected this. With 21 million copies sold, their 1994 debut album Cracked Rear View is the 10th biggest selling record in the U.S. ever!!
Due to a combination of nostalgia, anticipation for the first Hootie shows since 2008, and singer Darius Rucker’s high-profile solo career as a country star, tickets for the band’s tour in the U.S. were hugely popular, grossing nearly $11 million in just 13 shows!
Seeing there was still a fanbase 25 years after the release Cracked Rear View, and 14 years after they last put out new music, Hootie & The Blowfish are back with a new album! Imperfect Circle will be out on November 1, 2019.
Album/merch bundles are on pre-sale already with a copy of the CD or vinyl plus a t-shirt available alongside a limited edition collector’s package featuring all of the above plus a signed, framed poster.
Unusually for these kind of U.S. merchandise stores, the shipping to the UK is really reasonable; under $7 for the two standard packages! It might take a little extra time as it’s ground shipping, but not to worry as a release day digital download is included with the purchase price, and the first single Rollin’ is offered for instant download at the time of pre-order!
That’s not all! Lucky UK fans will get to see the band at much smaller venues than the arenas the band plays in the U.S. Some of the UK venues are under 2,000 capacity. Get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!
Friday October 4, 2019: 3Arena, Dublin
Sunday, October 6, 2019: O2 Academy, Bristol
Monday, October 7, 2019: O2 Academy, Leeds
Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Barrowlands, Glasgow
Thursday, October 10, 2019: Barrowlands, Glasgow
Saturday, October 12, 2019: Eventim Apollo, London
Tuesday, October 15, 2019: O2 Academy, Manchester
Wednesday, October 16: O2 Academy, Birmingham
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