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

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Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine: Rhyme and Reason (2000)
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Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine: Rhyme and Reason (2000)

A month-long tour of amphitheaters and football stadiums across North America, the Rhyme and Reason 2000 tour looked like one of the hottest tickets of the new millennium. "It's time to make the funkiest, most rocking, greatest tour of all time," said Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello in June 2000, announcing his band's upcoming joint tour with the Beastie Boys. "You got your conscious music and your shockingly fat jams colliding right and left, and we can't wait."

But the tour – which was also supposed to feature the likes of Green Day, Busta Rhymes and Common as opening acts at various stops along the way – hit a snag on July 22nd, when the Beasties' Mike D hit a pothole while riding his mountain bike, severely injuring his right shoulder shortly before the tour was slated to begin. Initially postponed while Mike D recovered from surgery, the tour was canceled outright in mid-September; and a month later, Zack de la Rocha announced his departure from RATM. 

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