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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Led Zeppelin: The 1980s, Part One (1980)
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Led Zeppelin: The 1980s, Part One (1980)

Led Zeppelin's 1977 tour of North America was one of the darkest chapters in the saga of the legendary English rock band. Plagued by rioting fans, rampant drug use among band and crew, and ugly incidents like the one where band manager Peter Grant assaulted a security guard during a show at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, the trek came to a premature end when singer Robert Plant learned that his son had died of a mysterious stomach virus.

Though understandably reluctant to return to the U.S. after that experience, Plant finally agreed to a 19-date Led Zeppelin tour of the East Coast and Midwest in the fall of 1980, albeit with stipulations that the band would play smaller venues and have more time off between shows. Dubbed "The 1980s, Part One," the tour would also feature set lists trimmed of the arena-rock excess that had characterized Zep's performances in recent years, and (as with their tour of Europe in June and July 1980) showcase a more focused and energized musical attack. Unfortunately, a fatal drinking binge by drummer John Bonham forced the cancellation of the tour just three weeks before it was scheduled to open in Montreal, and caused the band to call it quits just a few months later.

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