15 Legendary Tours That Never Were

The most enticing road shows and residencies that nearly happened, from Guns N' Roses and N.W.A to Lady Gaga and Kanye West

Kanye West and Lady Gaga: Fame Kills (2009)
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Kanye West and Lady Gaga: Fame Kills (2009)

The summer of 2009 was abuzz with talk of a joint tour involving Kanye West and Lady Gaga, a summit meeting of hip-hop and pop that would feature the two artists simultaneously occupying different ends of a specially designed arena-traversing stage. "We're doing it together, with no opening act," West told ABC's The View that June.

The epic U.S. jaunt was supposed to kick off that November in Phoenix, and finish 10 weeks later in Dallas; but on September 13th, 12 days before tickets for the Fame Kills tour were due to go on sale, West infamously interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The ensuing media firestorm cast a dark cloud over the tour, which was officially canceled on October 1st  – though no official reason was given for the cancellation. "We mutually decided to cancel the tour," said Gaga, who announced her upcoming Monster Ball Tour two weeks later. "He's going to take a break, but I'm not."