Wylde Ratttz Planning Japan Tour

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.