AceShowbiz - Veteran rockers Hootie & The Blowfish are reuniting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album with new material and a 2019 tour.
The "Hold My Hand" stars have largely been on hiatus since 2008 while frontman Darius Rucker pursued his country music career, but now the quartet is back together and working on its sixth studio release, the follow-up to 2005's "Looking for Lucky".
The group shared the news of its return in an interview on U.S. breakfast show "Today" on Monday, December 03, when singer Rucker admitted the bandmates had always planned to get back out on the road.
"We've been in a band for 33 years now, so... I don't think we ever felt like we were apart (during the hiatus)," he said.
Hootie & the Blowfish are currently in the midst of writing and recording tracks for their new album, and the timing of their comeback couldn't be better, as it coincides with a big career milestone for the musicians.
"It's the 25th anniversary of 'Cracked Rear View' (next year) and we knew we were gonna do a tour again sometime, and it seemed like the right time to do it... and have fun," Rucker explained. "We're doing it for the fans... It's gonna be great."
They will hit the road for the "Group Therapy Tour" with the Barenaked Ladies, kicking off the shows in Virginia in May (19), and wrapping up the gigs with a homecoming concert in Columbia, South Carolina in September.