Wylde Ratttz -- a punk supergroup featuring Sonic Youth's
Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley, the Stooges'
Ron Asheston, Mudhoney's Mark Arm and former
Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt -- will
tour Japan in October, according to Watt. The group recorded an album of
Stooges covers and other songs after cutting a track for the "Velvet
Goldmine" soundtrack (1998). The album will be issued in Japan in
September; no U.S. release has been set.