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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The Supremes: Return to Love (2000)
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The Supremes: Return to Love (2000)

A reunion of Motown's greatest girl group should have been the ultimate happening for Supremes fans, but 2000's Return to Love tour ultimately resulted in nothing but heartaches. The initial concept behind the tour was that Diana Ross – who had left the Supremes for a successful solo career in 1970 – would reunite with her former singing partners Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong for a show consisting entirely of Supremes songs; the three women would also be joined at various points in the show by latter-day Supremes Jean Terrell, Susaye Greene, Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence. (Florence Ballard, an original member of the group, had passed away in 1976.)

Alas, negotiations fell apart when Wilson and Birdsong learned that they would be making significantly less money from the tour than Ross, who ultimately opted to go out with only Payne and Laurence. Despite heavy advance hype from VH1, Oprah and The View, Supremes fans – disappointed by the lack of Wilson and Birdsong – balked at paying the tour's high ticket prices, and Ross and Co. found themselves playing to basketball arenas that were sometimes less than a quarter full. The tour was canceled after less than half of its 29 dates were completed; there have been no attempts at a Supremes reunion since.

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