5 things you didn't know about Hootie & the Blowfish
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Hootie and the Blowfish is one of the most charming bands in pop-rock history. They've given audiences some incredibly catchy tunes like "Only Wanna Be With You" and "Hold My Hand." But how well do you know them? Check out these 5 interesting facts about the band, before getting your tickets to see Hootie and the Blowfish live here at AXS.

1) Darius Rucker is not Hootie

A common misconception is that the band's lead singer Darius Rucker is the "Hootie" in "Hootie & The Blowfish." This is not true; the band's name has nothing to do with any of its members. Rather, it's the nicknames of two of their college friends, put together to create one title. So there is no actual "Hootie" in the band.

2) They named an album after a Waffle House side dish

Hootie and the Blowfish's 2000 compilation album Scattered, Smothered and Covered collected their various B-sides and rarities. Its title was also a nod to the popular diner chain Waffle House. According to CNN, the title refers to the way Waffle House prepares their hash browns: scattered on the grill, then smothered with diced onions and then finished by covering them with cheese.

3) They had their own ballet

Music crosses over into other art forms all the time, but Hootie & The Blowfish might have one of the weirdest crossovers. Back in 2009, there was a ballet production that told the story of the band's rise to fame and the success they experienced in the 1990's. Making it even more interesting is the fact that the band actually performed live as part of the ballet.

4) They're very serious about sports

The members of Hootie & The Blowfish really love sports. Their video for "Only Wanna Be With You," which you can watch by playing the video above, features numerous anchors from the sports TV channel ESPN as well as NFL star Dan Marino. And according to the Washington Post, last year the band asked for TV's to be set up on stage so they could watch an important South Carolina Gamecocks basketball game while playing a concert.

5) They do a ton of charity work

Hootie & The Blowfish started their own charitable foundation in 2000, and even through the band's hiatus, they've kept it going. They've raised millions of dollars for causes around the world, with a particular emphasis on education. Earlier this month, they donated $90,000 to three different youth programs in their home state of South Carolina. You can learn more about the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation and how to get involved here.

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