Hootie and the Blowfish plans to road test material for its new album by heading out in early April for a string of club dates it has dubbed the Guerrilla 1998 Tour.
The six northeast shows will mark the first time that Hootie and the Blowfish have been on the road since the fall of 1996. The band plans to conclude the tour with a concert in its hometown of Columbia, South Carolina that will also be a part of its Monday After The Masters charity golf event, as we previously reported (see "Hootie Launches Lawsuit, Swings Into Golf Benefit").
After the tour is over, Hootie and the Blowfish will head into the studio with Don Gehman, who produced both of the group's earlier records, and lay down tracks for their third album.
The band is hoping to rebound off the solid, though disappointing, sales of 1996's "Fairweather Johnson," which sold 2.3 million copies (a figure that would seem to exceed most groups' wildest dreams)
according to SoundScan, but was nonetheless a letdown coming in the wake of the 10.1 million in sales earned by their 1994 debut, "Cracked Rear View."
The dates announced for Hootie and the Blowfish's Guerrilla 1998 Tour are:
- 4/2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Graffiti
- 4/3 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
- 4/4 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
- 4/6 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
- 4/7 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's
- 4/8 - Washington, DC @ Bayou
- 4/13 - Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium