Rap collective also pay tribute to late member Ol' Dirty Bastard
Lead singer RZA rapped over the opener to the Fab Four’s 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’ at the end of their set at O2 Academy Brixton, the band’s first show in the capital for three years.
The rap collective played a host of tracks from their back catalogue, with much of their material leaning towards their 1993 debut album ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’.
Setting out their stall early on, RZA declared: “It is the year 2010 and Wu Tang Clan are on tour. Manchester was off the hook last night (August 3). This is the last night of our tour so we’re going to save the best for last.”
The tour was their first since 2007 and was meant to include the full line-up. But Method Man pulled out due to filming commitments for an episode of CSI. The rapper previously appeared in The Wire as Calvin ‘Cheese’ Wagstaff.
RZA acknowledged his absence, apologising to the throng towards the end. “We’re sorry Method Man couldn’t make it,” he said. “He’s in Hollywood. We’re going to let him know how loud you were, though.”
The band’s leader also announced his own forthcoming movie project The Man With The Iron Fist to the crowd.
Earlier the troupe paid tribute to late member Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who died of an accidental drugs overdose in 2004, by asking the audience to lift up lighters and mobile phones in his honour.
However, the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for their only UK hit single ‘Gravel Pit’, which you can watch below.
Wu Tang Clan played:
‘Protect Ya Neck’
‘Clan In Da Front’
‘Bring Da Ruckus’
‘One Blood Under W’
‘Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit’
‘Da Mystery of Chessboxin’
‘Can It All Be So Simple’