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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Bob Dylan: U.S. 'Blonde on Blonde' Tour (1966)
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Bob Dylan: U.S. 'Blonde on Blonde' Tour (1966)

Bob Dylan spent much of the first half of 1966 on the road, touring North America, Australia and Europe with four-fifths of the Hawks (formerly the backing band of rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins) and drummer Mickey Jones. But with the impending release of his new album, Blonde on Blonde, it was widely assumed that his boot heels would once again be wandering across U.S. stages. A concert date had already been scheduled for August 6th at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut; Jones had also been told that a show at New York's Shea Stadium was in the works, with many other gigs to follow.

But Dylan's motorcycle accident of July 29th effectively put the kibosh on all of that. The seriousness of the accident (and whether it actually even occurred) has been debated ever since, but it certainly served as a good excuse for Dylan to take a long hiatus from the speed-fueled treadmill of touring. And while Dylan fans were deprived of the opportunity to witness him and the Hawks playing more of Blonde on Blonde's incredible songs – only four of which had been performed live in the months leading up to the album's release – Dylan's vacation from the road did eventually result in 1967's low-key masterpiece John Wesley Harding, as well as the evolution of the Hawks into the Band.  

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