Country star Darius Rucker will hang up his boots temporarily to rejoin Hootie & The Blowfish as they set out on tour with special guests Collective Soul and Edwin McCain for the 43-city Summer Camp With Trucks Tour in 2024.
The tour will be the first for Hootie & The Blowfish since 2019 and promises to be a Gen-X dream. Some of the top bands of the ’90s will bring their greatest hits to Pine Knob Music Theatre outside Detroit on June 6, Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati on June 7, Ruoff Music Center outside Indianapolis on June 8, Credit Union 1 Amphitheater outside Chicago on Aug. 9, and Blossom Music Center near Cleveland on Aug. 15.
Hootie & The Blowfish’s 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, sold more than 25 million copies, making them a household name.
“Basically overnight, our lives changed when Cracked Rear View did what it did — and yet as we quickly moved from vans and college bars to tour busses and arenas, not much else changed with how we approached making music and sharing it with our fans,” guitarist Mark Bryan said in the tour announcement.
Morissette also plans tour
If a song from Hootie & The Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View wasn’t on the radio in the mid-90s, there was a good chance you were hearing one from Alanis Morissette’s from her 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill.
And like Hootie, seven-time Grammy winner Morissette is ready to head out on the road again after several successful festival appearances in 2023.
The Canadian singer announced she will embark on The Triple Moon Tour, beginning in June with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Morgan Wade as supporting acts.
The 31-date run includes Pine Knob Music Theatre near Detroit on July 16, Blossom Music Center near Cleveland on July 17, Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati on July 24, and Ruoff Music Center near Indianapolis on July 27.
Southern rock tour extended
Off a successful 2023 summer run, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top will take The Sharp Dressed Simple in Man Tour into 2024.
The return of the Southern rock heavyweights will come March 8 in Georgia but will not venture into this region until the tour has already started winding down.
Head toward Detroit to Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, on Sept. 13 or Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville the following night to see this show that grossed more than $16 million on 24 dates this year.
Black Stone Cherry will open the shows.
Chesney going big
After spending the past spring and summer playing smaller venues, including Fort Wayne’s Memorial Coliseum, Kenny Chesney is going back to stadiums.
The Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour will hit 18 cities, including Soldier Field in Chicago on June 15 and Ford Field in Detroit on August 10.
Zac Brown Band, Megan Moroney, and Uncle Kracker will support.
“I wanted a name that suggested when all the good stuff starts to happen,” Chesney said about the name of the tour, a reference to the 2004 song he recorded with Uncle Kracker.
Hozier adds 37 shows
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier has added 37 dates to his Unreal Unearth Tour.
The 2024 portion of the run mostly hits amphitheaters with an Aug. 6 show at Blossom Music Center near Cleveland and an Aug. 7 show at The Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
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