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 Velvet Underground: U.S. Tour (1993)
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The Velvet Underground: U.S. Tour (1993)

The unexpected news that Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker were reuniting for a tour sent Velvet Underground fans all over the world into a frenzy of excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, the legendary and profoundly influential band only made it through six weeks of dates in Europe and the UK before Cale soured on the whole experience. "We could have done anything we wanted," Cale told Marc Maron in 2013. "[But] it all suddenly became an exercise in revitalizing the catalog ... instead of doing something that everybody would look up to us [for], and maintain the standards that we had." Deprived of any stateside dates, disappointed U.S. fans had to make do with Live MCMXCIII, a live album recorded during the band's three-night residence at L'Olympia in Paris.

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