Wu-Tang Clan will be heading to the UK this summer for a series of tour dates in celebration of their 20th anniversay.
The New York hip-hop collective, made up of several members including Ghostface Killah, RZA, GZA and Raekwon, will be performing one-off dates at Manchester's O2 Apollo and London's Brixton Academy on July 25 and 26 respectively.
Wu-Tang Clan will be reuniting for their 20th anniversary (Packshot)
In addition to the tour dates, Wu-Tang will be celebrating the two decades since the release of their classic debut album 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),' by releasing a brand new track, 'A Better Tomorrow.'
In a statement, RZA – real name Robert Fitzgerald Diggs - explained why the group felt it was the right time to reunite: “We need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly, professionally represent our brand. One more time. But this time, showing up on time for press and for concerts and studio. Do it one time, perfect.”
“This may sound unbelievable, but I told the crew in the first basement meeting that from my calculations, and from what I’m feeling, this will last 20 years,” he added.
Unfortunately, original member Ol' Dirty Bastard died in 2004 at the age of 35, but RZA says Wu-Tang are determined to press on with the reunion for the sake of their fans who are no doubt rejoicing at the news of the tour and new music.
“There's enough of us still alive, and I think there's still enough fans out there. Hip-hop is stronger than ever, as far as worldwide recognition, and our name is synonymous with it,” RZA said.
Wu-Tang are working on their forthcoming album 'A Better Tomorrow,' in July 2013. Tickets for the UK tour dates are on sale now.