As a summer of sold-out shows celebrated by fans and critics alike nears its celebratory three-night U.S. finale in Columbia, S.C., the band Billboard praises as “back and better than ever” will continue the excitement into the fall with today’s announcement of Imperfect Circle, the first new album from Hootie & the Blowfish in nearly 15 years.
Due out November 1 on Universal Music Group’s Capitol Nashville imprint, the album is available for pre-order today.
“There’s something timeless about their sound,” proclaimed USA Today in a story breaking the news of the album. “From their stupendous 1994 debut Cracked Rear View, which is certified 21x Platinum (equivalent to 21 million certified units sold), to their anticipated reunion album, Imperfect Circle… Hootie & the Blowfish appear ready to pick up where they left off as a pop music phenomenon. Yet they haven’t forgotten where they began because, really, they never left that place.”
Despite a decade-long hiatus that followed their initial wave of success punctuated only by occasional charity shows, the band’s return to the spotlight with this year’s Group Therapy Tour has brought out the “highest attendance figures of their career,” according to Billboard’s Boxscore, proving that the two-time GRAMMY Award winners have withstood the test of time.
Following the nostalgic summer tour, fans now eager to hear new music by the iconic band can get early access to a first track called “Rollin’” available exclusively at www.Hootie.com, before it becomes available for purchase and streaming on September 6.
Having achieved “the highest attendance figures of their career” (Billboard Boxscore) on this year’s Group Therapy tour in the US, including two nights at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden, Hootie & the Blowfish have announced much-anticipated UK / Ireland tour dates for October:
October 4 Dublin | 3Arena
October 6 Bristol | O2 Academy
October 7 Leeds | O2 Academy
October 9 Glasgow | Barrowland
October 10 Glasgow | Barrowland
October 12 London | Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
October 15 Manchester | O2 Apollo
October 16 Birmingham | O2 Academy