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.
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.