When it comes to Wu-Tang Clan, it's debatable whether the group is bigger than its members or its members have somehow surpassed the creative genius of the collective unit.

What is not arguable, however, is that Wu-Tang Clan is one of the most influential hip-hop acts of all time. And their concert this Friday night at Tsongas Center is a big deal.

Consider that you'll see RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna all together on one stage.

They are on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary (how is that possible?) of their debut album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," which they will perform in its entirety.

Tickets are $49 to $99 and can be purchased at the box office or by visiting www.tsongascenter.com.

"We stood the test of time and we're still proving ourselves, and people still appreciate you like that, which is dope," Inspectah Deck told Billboard magazine recently. "It's gonna be fun. We're definitely gonna give you the business, 'cause that's what Wu-Tang does. We get up there and keep the essence of hip-hop alive."

That essence of hip-hop has fueled seven gold and platinum studio albums with worldwide sales of more than 40 million albums. From the release of that debut album and its songs "C.R.E.A.M." and "Protect Ya Neck," the world got to know The RZA. From there, the output and the legacy have continued to grow.


"We made our music to be a voice for the voiceless, and that's what we continue to be 25 years later, so when we get up there, don't expect a lot of Cristal popping," Inspectah Deck told Billboard. "When you come to our show, you want some food for thought, and we've got our aprons on."