The Long-Awaited Return Of The Wu Tang Clan

Cover art from Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah's solo album.

The much anticipated new Wu Tang Clan, Wu Tang Forever, has been pushed

back to June 3. A source at the group's label, RCA/Loud, told ATN that the

album, originally scheduled for a May 13 release, will be a 29-track double-CD

complete with an enhanced CD portion with plenty of bonus footage, in-studio

looks and QuickTime videos. The first single from the album will be "Triumph."

The Clan will hit the road for some dates in Japan in May, followed by a string

of dates in Europe in June and then some still-unconfirmed live gigs in the

U.S. this summer.

A source told ATN that U2 "wanted to talk to the Clan"

about some possible opening slots on the PopMart tour, and, as reported

earlier, there are tentative plans (the only kinds there can be with the

unwieldy Clan collective) for them to join Rage Against the Machine for an

August/September tour, which might also feature Atari Teenage Riot.

The

Clan's 1993 multi-platinum debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) put

the many-headed Staten Island crew on the map and was followed by a string of

platinum solo albums by members Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon,

Genius/GZA and Ghostface Killah, not to mention a line of clothing called Wu

Wear and guest spots on remixes by everybody from Mariah Carey to the Jon

Spencer Blues Explosion.