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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XTC: U.S. Tour (1982)
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XTC: U.S. Tour (1982)

To those who were lucky enough to witness it, XTC's April 3rd, 1982, show at San Diego's California Theater was apparently an absolute stunner. The first date of the band's biggest U.S. headlining tour yet featured expertly rendered versions of songs from the English band's new English Settlement LP, as well as favorites from previous albums Black Sea and Drums and Wires – and given the band's masterful performance, no one in the house could have imagined that it would go down in history as the last show that XTC would ever play in front of a live audience.

The following night, however, a crippling combination of anxiety and stage fright caused frontman Andy Partridge to bail out of a sold-out gig at the Hollywood Palladium; Partridge headed back to England, forcing the band to cancel the rest of their tour, as well as a subsequent one planned for Europe and the U.K. While XTC would continue to release brilliant records for another 18 years, their existence as a live band was officially over. 

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