Rza Preps New Bobby Digital Album, Tour

By Allen Starbury  |  05/09/2008

RzaWu-Tang founder, the Rza, is set to return as Bobby Digital this summer, as he gears up for a new studio album, titled Digi Snacks.

Originally, Rza introduced the Bobby Digital character ten years ago with the release of In Stereo and went underground seven years ago after the release of Digital Bullet. However, to date, Bobby Digital albums have sold a combined 1 million units.

"This world wasn't in a digital format in 1998. Now digital is the most compelling force of commerce and entertainment," RZA explains. "So this is like a re-launch of the character."

And some of the "real life" characters that Bobby Digital tapped for Digi Snacks definitely lend to the mission: John Frusciante, Dhani Harrison, The Black Knights, Dexter Wiggles, Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down), Reverend William Burke, Stone Mecca and Scandinavian newcomer Thea. Rza even got David Banner to produce a track.

"I think Digi Snacks is an album with a lot of fun. This album is more of a performance album too," said Rza. "When you see it live, you'll get a difference experience. I'm not trying to get into the world...I'm trying to bring the world to come to us."

In support of the upcoming album, the rapper-producer is set to embark on a National U.S. tour with the future-soul group, Stone Mecca, as his backing band.

The tour begins on June 10th in Houston, and run through the entire month before wrapping up in Seattle on June 44th. More tour dates run through July, according to Rza's official Myspace page.

Digi Snacks is slated to hit stores in July.

A full tour date list is as follows:

06/10 - Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live
06/11 - Austin, Texas @ Emos
06/12 - Dallas, Texas @ Palladium Ballroom
06/14 - Denver, Colorado @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
06/15 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
06/17 - Tucson, Arizona @ Rialto Theater
06/18 - Phoenix, Arizona @ The Brickhouse Theater
06/20 - Hollywood, California @ Henry Fonda Theater
06/21 - San Francisco, California @ 1015
06/23 - Portland, Oregon @ Hawthorne Theater
06/24 - Seattle, Washington @ Showbox at the Market
06/25 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Richards On Richards
06/27 - Calgary, British Columbia @ Sled Island Music Festival
06/30 - Minneapolis, Minnesota @ First Avenue
07/1 - Chicago, Illinois @ House Of Blues
07/2 - Pontiac, Michigan @ Crofoot Ballroom
07/4 - Ottawa, Ontario @ New Capital Music Hall
07/5 - New York, New York @ Webster Hall
07/7 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ The Trocadero Theater
07/8 - Washington, Washington DC @ 9:30 Club