Wu-Tang Clan Kicks Off Tour

They may have been five hours late and they may have been missing a couple of members, but Wu-Tang Clan kicked off its club tour Monday night in State College, Pennsylvania.

When the Wu mothership touched down near the campus of Penn State University on Monday, the group's Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna were not present (though the two were never confirmed for the tour), but Rza and company picked up the slack. After playing the Crow Bar, the Wu went on to hit Washington, D.C.'s Nation on Wednesday and is slated to roll into Norfolk, Virginia's Boat House on Thursday.

As we previously reported, Ol' Dirty has been forced to sit out the tour after being ordered to spend six more months in a Los Angeles drug rehab facility (see "Wu-Tang Clan Assembles For Summer Tour").

The trek comes as the guys are working on their first album in three years, which is expected to hit the streets on October 31.

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group's Power, who handles many of the group's business ventures, said that fans can also expect a lot of new gear from the Wu Wear line. They're even going to add footwear to Wu Wear, which Power described as being like "a shoe-boot."