Like the comic-book world's Avengers, Staten Island all-star rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan will reassemble and head out on the road for an "Underground" summer tour, scheduled to launch on July 24 in State College, Pennsylvania.
Rza, Method Man, Gza, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killah will all participate in the outing and are also working on a new group album, the Wu-Tang Clan's first since 1997's "Wu-Tang Forever." The LP is tentatively expected to hit stores in October.
The Wu's Ol' Dirty Bastard, who has contributed to the new LP sessions, will be forced to sit out the tour, as he was ordered on Friday to spend six more months in a Los Angeles drug rehab facility (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Sentenced To Drug Treatment").
The "Underground" tour is currently mapped out for 25 dates through August 27, with an additional collegiate run slated to run from August 28 until September
10, although those venues and campuses are still being firmed up.
For more on the current goings-on in the Wu-Tang camp, check out the MTV Online feature "Wu-Tang: United They Stand."
Current dates for the Wu-Tang's "Underground" tour:
- 7/24 - State College, PA @ Crow Bar
- 7/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @Laga
- 7/26 - Washington, DC @ Nation
- 7/27 - Norfolk, VA @ Boat House
- 7/28 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
- 7/30 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
- 8/1 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
- 8/2 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues (two shows)
- 8/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
- 8/4 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
- 8/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
- 8/6 - St. Louis, MO @ American Theatre
- 8/8 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
- 8/11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
- 8/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall
- 8/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall
- 8/16 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
- 8/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity
- 8/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
- 8/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues (two shows)
- 8/22 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues (two shows)
- 8/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
- 8/25 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
- 8/26 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
- 8/27 - Sunrise, FL @ Sunrise Theater
- 8/28 - 9/10 - college tour itinerary TBD