Wu-Tang Clan To Release Book, Could Possibly Launch Tour

Rappers, who have not toured together in six years, have been approached about launching tour next year.

The last time the entire Wu-Tang Clan got together for a national tour it crashed and burned halfway through due to turmoil within the group. The year was 1997 and the members were performing a double-bill show with Rage Against the Machine. Ever since, the unity that was the backbone of the Wu-Tang Clan seemed to dissipate. Solo careers were launched and different directions were taken. And while the group would come together again to record two new albums, it would never attempt to take to the road as a unit again.

Will the Wu-Tang Clan tour in 2004? Possibly. But contrary to published reports, there are no solid plans for any lengthy — and final — Wu-Tang tour in the spring. There is, however, an attempt being made to wrangle the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan — RZA, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and U-God — for a New Year's Eve show in New York. According to a spokesperson for one of the members, managers for all members have been contacted about their clients participating in the New Year's Eve show, which would test the waters for a small national trek later in the winter. The New Year's Eve show would also be captured for a live DVD to be released in the spring, although that plan has also not been finalized.

While the show, tour and DVD are still tentative, there is a solid plan for a new Wu-Tang Clan book to hit stores. "The Wu-Tang Manual" is being put together by RZA and Riverhead Books and is due out next summer, according to Sean McDonald Sr., editor of Riverhead Books. "It's part-oral history, part-narrative. There are a number of autobiographies from the members of the Wu-Tang, and a large part of it is explaining the Wu-Tang Clan mythology," McDonald said.

RZA and his handlers approached Riverhead approximately four months ago, McDonald said, and wanted to coordinate the release of the book with other Wu-Tang plans, such as heading back into the studio to record another Wu album. That would seem like a challenging task considering Raekwon, Ghostface, Method Man and Ol' Dirty Bastard (see "ODB's Roc-A-Fella Deal Rocks The Boat For Some Wu Members") all have solo albums scheduled to come out in the next six months.