Monday, October 19, 2009

Who Tang Clan?

The buzz sweeping my feeds at the mo is the Wu Tang Clan tour happening in Melbourne and Sydney at the end of the month.
I'm not gonna pretend I'm a fan, because I'm not. I'm not going to say I listened to them back in the day, because I didn't. I'm not even gonna say I like any of their tunes - because I don't. And to top it off, I think their merchandising is super fugly. But I know who they are, and after a little digging, something has me seriously confused.

There seems to be some discrepancies over the lineup. Promo pictures can be deceptive...

The full Wu Tang lineup is as follows:
- Ghostface Killah
- Inspectah Deck
- Masta Killa
- Method Man
- Ol' Dirty Bastard (deceased)
- Raekwon
- U-God
- Cappadonna

But it appears that the Melbourne & Sydney shows won't exactly include a full lineup. Of course, Ol' Dirty Bastard is dead, so that's a no brainer. Ghostface Killah has his own tour at the mo, and according to his website, he'll be playing in Aspen the night Wu Tang play in Sydney and Boulder the night they play in Melbourne. Method Man has been arrested on a 33K tax evasion charge, so that counts him out. Cappadonna has only been a full member since 2007, so he's hardly part of the original lineup. And U God was locked up in the klink for the best part of Wu Tang, so he's kind of a token member.

That leaves 4 original (participating) members who'll be touring: GZA, RZA, Inspectah Deck & Raekwon. So this is where I get confused - how can they call it a Wu Tang Clan tour, when literally half the original participating members won't be there?

And did I mention tickets for the Sydney show are $90?

I really appreciate getting what I paid for. When I saw Faith No More in August, it was the real deal - the full original FNM lineup. But the Wu Tang tour seems to be a front if you ask me.

It's kind of like when you go to see Nine Inch Nails, and the only original member is Trent Reznor. It may as well be the Trent Reznor, featuring songs by Nine Inch Nails. It's not particularly satisfying, and you'd probably be better off sticking on a CD on and listening to it in the comfort of your own living room instead of sweating it out in a moshpit full of 16 year olds.

It reminds me of that scene in the movie Rock Star (Markie Mark, Jennifer Aniston) where Izzy Cole pulls a fan out of the audience and leaves him on stage to replace him - and no one in the audience seems to notice or care.
It reeks of desperate, greedy fat cats thinking up new ways to make money. But there are alternatives...
You can keep it real and go see NAS instead. He's playing in Melbs on the 28th and Sydney on the 31st. But the risk is he might play heaps of new stuff and not much old stuff.
On the upside, Qbert is supporting NAS (and if I could, I'd go just to see him play). No faking!


  1. I've got tickets to both...Wu Tang cassettes got me through my troublesome early teens then Nas CD's came after those so I'm pretty excited for next week...I truly hope I'm not left disapointed!

  2. Naaaw... No disrespect. NAS came first for me I guess, but I never got into Wu Tang. NAS reminds me of being back in the old days down in the 'Gong, going in to watch the boys do the Big Payback radio show on a Saturday night. I was more of a Fu Shnickens/Das EFX/Funkdoobiest kinda gal... followed by stuff like DJ Shadow and Qbert,and more recently Flying Lotus etc.

  3. PS: Are you in Melbs just for the night?

  4. Nah I'm going to the sydney jams :(

  5. Nas played ALOT of old shit in New York when I saw him with Damien Marley, you might be very suprised.