RZA Wants Wu-Tang To Tour With Rage Against The Machine
After Rage Against The Machine announced earlier this week that they're getting back together to headline Coachella, Wu-Tang's RZA has said he's keen for them to tour together.
In an interview with TMZ, Wu-Tang's RZA spoke about his support for the tour.
He said: "It's a great thing for Rage to be reuniting, Tom [Morello] and Zack [De La Rocha] getting back together - it's Coachella so it's gonna be exciting.
"If the stars line up right I would love for when they finish at Coachella, to hook up with Wu Tang and finish that tour we never finished. That'd be crazy, I'd love to do that."
What he's referring to there is the bands' infamous 1997 tour together which was cut short when Wu-Tang dramatically pulled out after a few shows. In fairness, they're possibly two of the most volatile forces of the time, so tensions were bound to run high.
Speaking at the time, Rage guitarist Tom Morello said of Wu-Tang's departure: "It is my understanding, through the twisted labyrinth that is the communication system of the Wu-Tang Clan, that they're not playing any more shows on the tour in part because of difficulties they're having within their own group."
Of course, after over 20 years, things are bound to mellow out a bit - and now Wu-Tang at least are hoping to bring the two groups back together.
RZA told TMZ: "I think I'll start with Tom and then reach out to Zack.
"I think right now the way, the way the times are, we need Rage Against The Machine. It's perfect timing for them, perfect energy for them, the climate is right for Rage and the climate is right for Wu-Tang."
Rage first formed in 1991, but they haven't played together since taking to the LA Rising stage in Los Angeles in 2011 - but late last week, they discreetly slipped the dates of a full tour out on Rage's social media, with Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime friend of the band confirming: "The band's social media is accurate."
The band haven't been together since then, although guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk have all performed in supergroup Prophets of Rage - alongside members of Cypress Hill and Public Enemy rapper Chuck D.
The news of their comeback comes as quite a shock, after comments made by Morello earlier on this year. He told fans 'not to wait around' - but it could be that we see Wu-Tang make an appearance with the band, either at Coachella or on tour.
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