2002 Chinese Democracy history: Before Britney Spears stumbled through Gimme More, Axl Rose was huffin and puffin his way through a medley of hits on the MTV Video Music Awards. But despite the poorly received television segment, GNR plots its first North American tour. The opening date in Vancouver was cancelled hours before it was to begin, sparking a riot outside the venue. After a number of stops and starts, the tour was eventually cancelled. The world outside of Chinese Democracy: Proving there is life for rock stars if the whole touring thing doesnt work out, Ozzy Osbourne stars in his MTV reality show The Osbournes, which debuts in March.