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Wu-Tang Clan UK Shows

Wu-Tang Clan poster
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Following the huge sell out success of Wu-Tang Clan’s 20th Anniversary tour last year, one of the biggest and most influential hip hop groups in the world return to the UK next year for two very special live shows in London and Glasgow.

It’s been over 20 years since the Wu-Tang Clan dropped their debut album, "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," yet the Staten Island group’s influence on Hip-Hop and Pop culture still resonates, worldwide.

The mega-talented team of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Master Killa, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna (and the ever present in spirit Ol' Dirty Bastard) are returning with a new album, "A Better Tomorrow," which dropped on December 2nd, that seems certain to certify their continued relevance in the music industry.

Since their 1993 debut, the WTC has released five group and 19 compilation albums - totalling eight platinum records, over a dozen gold albums, and 40+ million sold. "Wu-Tang Forever," a double album opus, was released in 1997, followed by "The W," in 2000.

"Iron Flag," was released a year later and after a brief hiatus, "8 Diagrams,"was released in 2007. Also released during these years were a myriad of solo albums, now considered classic Hip-Hop material including Raekwon’s, "Only Built 4 Cuban Linxâ€Â¦," GZA’s "Liquid Swords," and Ghostface’s, "Supreme Clientele."

RZA aka The Abbott formed the Wu-Tang Clan with a talented consortium of local friends and associates, pressing up “Protect Ya Neck,” independently. The single was a flash of raw Hip-Hop energy that spread like wildfire. The song’s success— bar after bar of incendiary rhymes, no chorus necessary— would help RZA and company land a unique record deal that granted members the ability to pursue solo deals at other labels.

Twenty years in, these lyrical executioners from Staten Island maintain a chemistry that has manifested into yet another classic album. No matter how gloriously grimy the grooves, "A Better Tomorrow," proves the Wu-Tang Clan’s future and their music, remains an indisputable force to be reckoned with.

Says RZA, “We gotta be conscious that songs in our catalogue will grow through live performances. This record was written to tour. This is a record that will rock a stadium.” While Wu-Tang Clan’s DNA is heard in the work of contemporary rap stars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Drake, it’s again time for the OGs to make their mark, .

Two UK dates will see the influential group play exclusive shows at London's O2 Academy in Brixton on 4th June and Glasgow's O2 Academy on 5th June. Performing tracks from their back catalogue and the new album, all set to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2015.

WU-TANG CLAN - LIVE DATES JUNE 2015

THURSDAY 04 JUNE LONDON O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

FRIDAY 05 JUNE GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY

Tickets will be on general sale from Wednesday 17th December @ 9.00am. www.gigsandtours.com 24 hr cc hotline 0844 811 0051
Words SIMON REDLEY

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