Wu-Tang to use European tour to kick start future projects

Raekwon says Clan have some things 'up their sleeve'

The Wu Tang Clan will spend their European tour discussing future projects and a possible American tour, the band have told NME.

Although a Wu Tang Clan album is not currently in the works, Raekwon has said the group are already in touch over potential projects.

“The main focus of this tour is to familiarise everybody with the brand and let everyone know that we love coming back and forth to Europe. It wasn’t really having no concept to it as far as we’re going to do a record at the moment,” the rapper said. “It gives us a couple of weeks to really sit there and say to ourselves, ‘What can we do? Can this work?’ Everybody has their own agenda and what kind of music they’re going to be giving us. We’ve already been talking, so in the future I just say respect the heat that’s about to come because we got some more things up our sleeve.”

Raekwon, real name Corey Woods, also told NME he is hopeful an American tour will follow European dates.

“Hopefully it can happen but it has to make sense and it has to be properly scheduled because everyone has other things they’re working on at the moment and you know sometimes that causes a little clash with the ideas that we want to try to create,” he said.

The Wu Tang Clan have not played in London as a whole since 2007, supporting their album ‘The 8 Diagrams’.

“It’s a great feeling to come back together and see brothers,” said Raekwon. “Every now and then you see cats with a little bit of gray hair and you’re like, ‘Yo I got gray hair too!’ We get a chance to laugh again and really bring that brotherhood back to the table which has been gone for a minute.”

While Wu-Tang members (Method Man, Mastakilla, GZA, Ghostface, U-God, Raekwon, RZA, Mathematics, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna and Streetlife) have released numerous solo albums and collaborations over the years, the European tour will focus mainly on the band’s classic albums.

“Nine times out of ten when we’re all together there are so many classic records we just try to go straight to the jugular with the records we know are really classic sounding music for the tour,” said Raekwon. “You never know though. Somebody might get drunk and change the format up. Egos start popping: ‘I want to do mine, I want do this one.’ Anything is liable to happen.”

Raekwon has also announced he will be releasing a gold deluxe edition of his solo album ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…’ in late 2010 to celebrate its 15-year anniversary. The album will include raw and uncut songs as well as some new remixes.

The Wu Tang Clan will play:

02 Academy Glasgow (August 1)
Manchester Academy (3)
London 02 Academy Brixton (4)

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