B Sides for 12/23/2011

Top 11 of 11

We are wrapping up the year by looking at some of the top stories of 2011 with our Top 11 of 11 specials. Today we look at 11 We Lost In 11.

Amy Winehouse (11 We Lost In 11)
On July 25th we had the following report about the death of Amy Winehouse. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her London home. The famously self-destructive singer with the beehive hairdo was 27.

Winehouse shot to worldwide fame with her 2006 album Back to Black, which went on to win five Grammy awards, including Best Album and Best Pop Vocal Album. The album's breakout single "Rehab" took home three Grammys, including Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Winehouse's personal troubles were well-documented over the last few years. Police confirm she was pronounced dead at her Camden Square home in northern London. Cause of death has yet to be determined. London Ambulance Services said that the singer was dead before the two ambulances dispatched to her home arrived.

Winehouse canceled her European tour last month after she was booed off stage during the tour's first show in Belgrade due to severely slurring the lyrics to her songs, making them virtually unrecognizable. "I didn't go out looking to be famous," Winehouse told the Associated Press shortly after releasing her Back to Black album. "I'm just a musician." more on this story

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E Street Band's Clarence Clemons (11 We Lost In 11)
On June 17th we had the following report about the death of Clarence Clemons. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (Rock News Desk) E Street Band Clarence Clemons has died after he suffered a stroke last weekend. He was 69. Affectionately known as "The Big Man," Clemons spent nearly four decades playing sax with Bruce Springsteen and his band.

He'd been hit by a series of health issues in recent years including back surgery and the replacement of both knees. Before his stroke he'd been forced to cancel an appearance at the NBA basketball finals two weeks ago following a hand injury.

Springsteen has paid tribute to close friend Clemons, saying the pair had become inseparable almost as soon as they met. "His loss is immeasurable, and we're honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly 40 years," the Boss says.

"He was my great friend and my partner. With Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. more on this story

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Alice in Chains' Mike Starr (11 We Lost In 11)
On March 9th we had the following report about the death of Alice in Chains' Mike Starr. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (Rock News Desk) Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr has been found dead in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 44.

Starr was arrested three weeks ago by Utah police after a van he was travelling in was stopped for a traffic violation. The driver was found to have a suspended licence and Starr, who was seen popping pills as officers approached, was led off in handcuffs.

Police say they were called to a Salt Lake City residence yesterday afternoon, where they found the musician's body. A cause of death has not been revealed although investigators do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances. more on this story

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Motorhead's Michael 'Wurzel' Burston (11 We Lost In 11)
On July 11th we had the following report about the death of Motorhead's Michael 'Wurzel' Burston. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (Rock News Desk) Former Motorhead guitarist Wurzel has died of heart failure at the age of 61. Wurzel, real name Michael Burston, joined Lemmy's outfit in 1984 and appeared on nine albums before leaving in 1995.

He got his nickname while serving in the British Army as a corporal, when colleagues compared his appearance and character to kids' TV scarecrow Worzel Gummidge. He was already 35 years old and working as a builder when he sent a demo tape to Lemmy following the departure of Brian "Robbo" Robertson from the band. That led to an audition and the end of his pub-rock hobby.

When he arrived with fellow recruit Phil Campbell he extended Motorhead's lineup to four members. Their first public appearance together was on the cult alternative sitcom The Young Ones. His debut Motorhead album was 1984′s No Remorse for which he was lead co-writer for the single Killed By Death; and he contributed to Orgasmatron, Rock'n'Roll, No Sleep At All, The Birthday Party, 1916, March or Die, Bastards then finally Sacrifice in 1995. more on this story

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Gwar's Cory 'Flattus Maximus' Smoot (11 We Lost In 11)
On November 4th we had the following report about the death of Gwar's Cory 'Flattus Maximus' Smoot. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: Very sad news about Gwar on Thursday, guitarist Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, was found dead as the band prepared to embark on a Canadian leg of their North America tour this weekend.

The cause of Smoot's death has not been released and the Gwar camp has not issued a statement at press time about his death or about the fate of the shows which begin tonight. However, Gwar front thing Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Ungurus, gave a statement to.

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of Gwar must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of Gwar are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. more on this story

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Warrant's Jani Lane (11 We Lost In 11)
On August 12th we had the following report about the death of Warrant's Jani Lane. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (Rock News Desk) Former Warrant singer Jani Lane has been found dead in a California hotel room. He was 47.

Lane, real name John Kennedy Oswald, wrote some of the band's biggest hits including Cherry Pie, Heaven, I Saw Read and Uncle Tom's Cabin.

He split with Warrant in 2008 after a second stint fronting the band which lasted just six months. He'd left in 1993 then rejoined a year later before departing again in 2004.

He'd struggled with alcoholism for many years a problem which he recently admitted was beginning to affect his health. more on this story

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Weezer's Mikey Welsh (11 We Lost In 11)
On October 11th we had the following report about the death of Weezer's Mikey Welsh. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (Banana 101.5) Weezer's former bass player Mikey Welsh was in Chicago to see his old band perform, the 40-year old was found dead by hotel staff prior to the show. The strangest part of the story is that he actually foresaw his untimely passing.

News of his "unexpected" death was first reported by his family via Twitter, yet it was not a surprise to everyone. On September 26th, Welsh posted the following eerily cryptic message on Twitter himself: "Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today."

Welsh later corrected his timing mix up saying, "Correction: weekend after next." Whether this was a desperate cry for help or a genuine vision of his own doom will probably never be clear more on this story

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Gerry Rafferty (11 We Lost In 11)
On January 5th we had the following report about the death of Gerry Rafferty. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (hennemusic) Singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, best known for songs like "Baker Street" and "Stuck In The Middle With You," has died after a long battle with liver disease. He was 63.

Rafferty passed away at his Dorest, UK home peacefully early Tuesday morning, with his daughter Martha by his side.

The British newspaper The Guardian notes that Gerry played with Billy Connolly's folk outfit the Humblebums, and co-founded the soft-rock group Stealers Wheel, before enjoying a successful solo career. more on this story

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America's Dan Peek (11 We Lost In 11)
On July 28th we had the following report about the death of America's Dan Peek. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (Rock News Desk) Dan Peek of the band America has died in his sleep at the age of 60, his former bandmates have confirmed.

Original members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell remain with the band, who released their most recent album in 2007. Yesterday Bunnell paid tribute to Peek, saying: "I am so sorry to learn of Dan's passing. We created lasting music together and experienced a life we could never have imagined a joyous time full of excitement and laughter.

"Although we went our separate ways his contribution to our music have always been present and will last for ever." more on this story

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Y&T's Phil Kennemore (11 We Lost In 11)
On January 10th we had the following report about the death of Y&T's Phil Kennemore. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: (hennemusic) Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore has lost his battle with cancer, dead at 57.

Y&T leader Dave Meniketti made the announcement: It is with profound sadness and disbelief that I tell you that my best buddy for 37 years passed away this morning, January 7, 2011 at 1am at Stanford Hospital. Bravely and steadfastly battling the horrible spectacle of lung cancer, at the end he was surrounded by his family members, and the Y&T family up until his final breath.

All the beautiful things that I could say about my buddy Phil could never be summed up in a short sentence or two, and I promise that I will be back to say so much more about how I feel about him and his talents in due time. But for now, at 3am, after just having returned home from his passing, let me at least put this out there. more on this story

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Steve Jobs (11 We Lost In 11)
On October 6th we had the following report about the death of Steve Jobs. Here it is again as part of our 11 We Lost In 11 special: We are sad to report that the visionary cofounder of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs, died Wednesday after a long fight against pancreatic cancer. He was 56. Here is our tribute to the man and his legacy:

Steve Jobs' impact on modern society can not be understated. He may not have invented the internet, but he helped make it possible. Jobs helped usher in the age of personal computing by first seeing the potential of his friend Steve Wozniak's homemade computer and helping to create the first mass-market personal computer with the Apple II.

It was a visit to Xerox PARC where Steve's dream of something "Insanely Great" was first sparked. It was on that visit that Jobs was exposed to three technologies which dominate computing today: object oriented programming, Ethernet and a revolutionary new way of computing... the Graphical User Interface (GUI). Read the rest here.

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