The iconic rap collective Wu-Tang Clan has announced plans to launch a U.S. tour late this year that will stretch into early 2009. The almost 30-date jaunt begins on November 29 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR, and is scheduled to wrap on January 14 at a currently undisclosed in Atlanta, GA.

The coast-to-coast circuit features a December 3 concert at the Regency Center’s Grand Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, and a December 23 gig at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY. Along the way, the rappers will also make stops at House of Blues venues in five cities, including Las Vegas (December 6) and Chicago (December 14).

Accompanying Wu-Tang Clan on tour are Cappadonna, Streetlife, and DJ Mathematics. More dates for the trek will be announced in the future, according to a statement on the Clan’s official Web site.

The group is supporting the Clan’s 2007 album “8 Diagrams,” which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 4 on the rap album charts. The record was Wu-Tang’s first album in about six years and first release since the death of original member ODB.

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“8 Diagrams” featured the remaining eight members of Wu-Tang Clan, which formed in the early 1990s and became one of the leading influences in rap and hip-hop. Original members RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspecta Deck, and Masta Killer are all scheduled to appear each night on the tour.

Wu-Tang Clan itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

November 29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
November 30 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
December 1 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
December 3 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
December 4 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
December 5 San Diego, CA House of Blues
December 6 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
December 7 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
December 8 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
December 10 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
December 14 Chicago, IL House of Blues
December 15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
December 17 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
December 18 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
December 19 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
December 20 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
December 21 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
December 23 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
January 1 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
January 2 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
January 4 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
January 7 Norfolk, VA NorVa
January 8 Richmond, VA Toad’s Place
January 9 Greensboro, NC N Club
January 10 Charleston, SC Music Farm
January 11 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
January 12 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
January 13 Columbia, SC Level 2
January 14 Atlanta, GA TBA