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B Sides for 12/26/2011

Top 11 of 11

We hope everyone is having a great Christmas weekend. We do not have a report today due to the holiday but we do have this special look back at the 11 most popular rock and pop stories of 2011. Enjoy and we will see you tomorrow with our regular report!

Top 11 Rock Stories of 11


Metallica Fans Riot (No 1 Rock Story of 2011)
Metallica Fans Riot report from October was the No 1 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (hennemusic) A postponement of the Metallica show in India Friday night has led angry and impatient fans on site to riot. Metallica's concert in Gurgaon was postponed 24 hours [and ultimately canceled], according to event organizers.

After the news of postponement was announced on stage, disappointed fans tried to vandalize the venue; they broke barriers, climbed on stage and tore posters. Several fans gained access to the stage area, setting fire to banners and causing damage to the LED screens, monitors and other equipment. More including video here

(Update) There's more fallout from the cancellation of the Metallica concert in Gurgaon, India. The Gurgaon police said the operational head of DNA Entertainment Network for Metallica concerts, Rajesh Chandwani, and his team members - Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleio - were arrested on charges of cheating people and breach of trust. more on this story

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Hospitalized After Fall (No 2 Rock Story of 2011)
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Hospitalized After Fall was the No 2 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (hennemusic) Steven Tyler's shower accident on Tuesday is being blamed on dehydration as a result of food poisoning.

TMZ reports sources connected to the Aerosmith singer tell them Tyler was suffering from dehydration caused by a bout of food poisoning when he collapsed in a Paraguay hotel shower .

Tyler was treated at a hospital in Paraguay's capital for injuries to his face, including the loss of two teeth and cuts to his eyebrow and mouth. more on this story

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Kings of Leon Concert Meltdown (No 3 Rock Story of 2011)
Kings of Leon Concert Meltdown was the No 3 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (Rock News Desk) Members of the Kings of Leon stopped just short of slamming frontman Caleb Followill after he wandered off stage drunk in Texas, forcing the band to call off their concert.

The singer appeared to be tired and emotional as they performed at the Gexa Energy Pavillion in Dallas on Friday. After spending some time speaking incoherently, he told the crowd: "I'm going to go backstage and vomit, drink a beer and then come back out and play three more songs."

He added: "For the record, I'm not drunk – I'm just f**king hot." But he didn't return, leaving brother and bassist Jared to announce: "We are so unbelievably sorry. It's beyond out control. It's really not our fault – it's Caleb. He can't play the rest of the show.

"We love you guys so much, but I know you guys f**king hate us." more on this story

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Bonham Completes Unfinished Led Zeppelin Song (No 4 Rock Story of 2011)
Bonham Completes Unfinished Led Zeppelin Song was the No 4 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (Rock News Desk) Jason Bonham has completed a track abandoned by Led Zeppelin in 2008, and it appears on the new Black Country Communion album, he's revealed.

The drummer was involved with Led Zep's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones when they started work on a reunion project following the band's one-off London show in 2007. But work was abandoned when singer Robert Plant refused to take part, and the three remaining musicians couldn't settle on a satisfactory replacement.

Now the son of iconic drummer John Bonham says he's finished the piece and recorded it with BCC bandmates Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian. He tells the Toronto Sun: "It's a song called Save Me. Is started off as an idea I worked on with Jimmy and John. You'll notice it – there's a slight Zepesque riff – It's got a definite feel to it." more on this story

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Corey Taylor Speaks Out on Velvet Revolver (No 5 Rock Story of 2011)
Corey Taylor Speaks Out on Velvet Revolver was the No 5 rock story of 2011. Here it is: Gibson) After months of rumors that Stone Sour/Slipknot singer Corey Taylor was going to be christened as the next Velvet Revolver vocalist, followed by that not happening, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash admitted in a new interview that he was the main reason Taylor didn't get the gig.

Slash explained that Taylor did meet with the group, but it just didn't click, reports Blabbermouth.net: "All we were doing was just rehearsing with him and trying him out – auditioning him ... he did come in and do all that. It just didn't seem to fit right to me. And he's great, and I love Corey, but it didn't seem like the answer to the Velvet Revolver problem."

Adding to the drama, during a co-hosting stint on the May 4 edition of Canada's Louder radio show, Taylor was asked for his thoughts on Slash's comments. "We got together and we jammed some stuff and I guess it just wasn't working for him, which… He's Slash and he's entitled to have that, and I'm not gonna argue with him," Taylor said. "But it was cool to just be able to get together and jam with those guys and I made some really cool friends. Me and Duff [McKagan, Velvet Revolver bassist] are really close. It's one more thing I can say I did." more on this story

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Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers Lead Rock Hall Noms (No 6 Rock Story of 2011)
Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers Lead Rock Hall Noms was the No 6 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (hennemusic) Guns N' Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers lead the list of nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame class of 2012.

Other rockers include Heart, War, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Donovan and The Cure.

Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th Annual Induction Ceremony. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2012 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1986. more on this story

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Coheed and Cambria Member Arrested For Attempted Armed Robbery With Fake Bomb (No 7 Rock Story of 2011)
Coheed and Cambria Member Arrested For Attempted Armed Robbery With Fake Bomb was the No 7 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (Rock News Desk) Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery after an incident in a US drugstore.

He's said to have entered a branch of the Waldgreens chain in Attleboro, Massachusetts, just before 1pm local time. It's reported he showed a pharmacist a message on his phone which claimed a bomb would be detonated if they didn't hand over an amount of prescription painkillers.

The thief left the premises with six bottles of pills and hired a cab. Police investigation suggested the vehicle in question had taken the suspect to the tour bus area of the Comcast Center in nearby Mansfield, where Coheed and Cambria were preparing to support Soundgarden. Police officers arrested him just minutes before the band were set to hit the stage. He was identified as the suspect by store staff, the cab driver and by CCTV footage. more on this story

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Eddie Van Halen Nervous About New Album
Eddie Van Halen Nervous About New Album was the No 8 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (hennemusic) Back in January, Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt was in L.A.'s Henson Studios for a songwriting session when he had a chance encounter Eddie Van Halen.

"As I was about to enter the room, my ears demanded that my feet stop in their tracks," writes Nuno in the upcoming Neil Zlozower book, "Eddie Van Halen," due this fall. "What caused me to stop was a familiar sound from the room across the hall. This sound was desperately trying to break through the double-thick walls of the studio. It was faint, but even so, there was no mistaking the power of the sound that was seeping through those walls, because there can only be one Edward."

"I ran into Edward an hour later in the hallway," Nuno writes, "and after receiving a hello and a warm hug from the man who changed the world, I asked, 'How's it coming along in there?' And Ed said, 'It's cool. . . . I'm a little nervous, though.' I said, 'Nervous? You!? Eddie Van? The Master? Do you have any idea what you have done? The gifts you have given us for over thirty years? You single-handedly changed the history of how we play guitar!'" more on this story

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Dimebag's Murder Helped Bring Big Four Together? (No 9 Rock Story of 2011)
Dimebag's Murder Helped Bring Big Four Together? was the No 9 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (Gibson) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was recently interviewed about the upcoming Big Four performances by Noisecreep. The guitarist was asked why, so far, there's only been one U.S. Big Four show scheduled (April 23 in Indio, California). "That, I don't know," he said. "But I do know this – and it's not me speaking on behalf of any of the Big Four collectively or individually – it started off as one date before, and then it ended up being several. So I would say for people that pray, do so. For people that don't, start."

Mustaine goes on to say that he feels responsible for keeping apart the bands in the Big Four (who also include Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax). "I think a lot of it was contingent on me, because [in the '80s and '90s] I was going through a lot of personal stuff that really put an unnecessary wall between all of us," he said. "A lot of it has been publicized, a lot of it wasn't. Most of it was the much heralded and worn stories of drugs and alcoholism."

Mustaine also said the bad blood stemmed from his use of black magic and witchcraft, which he had gotten into when he was young. It was the death of a fellow metal guitarist that changed his life. "I had practiced black magic and was friends with Satan, so those things kind of happen when you make bad choices," he said. "And once I started looking at things differently – once [Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott] had been murdered, unfortunately – it helped me put things in perspective between all of us in the Big Four. more on this story

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Tool Writing New Music (No 10 Rock Story of 2011)
Tool Writing New Music was the No 10 rock story of 2011. Here it is: (Gibson) Maynard James Keenan is on the road with alt-metallers A Perfect Circle this summer, but it seems his bread-and-butter band, Tool, aren't completely out of the picture.

"We're writing," the frontman told SPIN of the current state of Tool, adding that A Perfect Circle are also writing and "might put out a track of two" this year. "The energy is good, so there's always the potential for a future," he said.

Maynard, who runs his own wine vineyards when he's not on tour, added that recording music "is very much like winemaking. Pieces are developing individually, then you bring them together and they either fit together or they don't. "Eventually when you bring it all together, it integrates, then you spend a little bit of time working on it, and then you release it." more on this story

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Aerosmith Target Release For New 'Raw, Nasty, Tough Rock' Album (No 11 Rock Story of 2011)
Aerosmith Target Release For New 'Raw, Nasty, Tough Rock' Album was the No 11 rock story of 2011. Here it is: hennemusic) An interesting update on the progress of the new Aerosmith album has surfaced courtesy of producer Jack Douglas. The rock legends entered guitarist Joe Perry's The Boneyard studio in suburban Boston and their main studio, Pandora's Box, early this summer with long-time producer Douglas to begin recording their 14th studio album and first set of original material since 2001's "Just Push Play" and first studio album since 2004's blues covers CD, "Honkin' On Bobo."

Douglas has shared an update on the new project. "The new album should be out around May 2012," reports Jack. "I know that's a long wait, but after the South American tour and Japan in October, November and December, we will just get back to work on it in mid-January. For those who are asking, this album will be raw, nasty, tough rock with a good deal of the old Aerosmith 'tongue in cheek.'"

The May 2012 date is interesting because, if the stars align, the new Aerosmith record should be released right around the time that Season 11 of American Idol is wrapping up….which could mean the Aerosmith appearance on Idol that fans have been waiting for since Steven Tyler landed his gig on the show….and one that Perry himself referenced earlier this year. more on this story

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Top 11 Pop Stories of 11

Adele Suffers Vocal Chord Hemorrhage No 1 pop story of 2011
Adele Suffers Vocal Chord Hemorrhage report from October was the No 1 pop story of 2011. Here it is: Adele has been ordered off the road after suffering a hemorrhage in her vocal chord. Due to medical advice the chart topping singer has been forced to pull the plug on her upcoming 10 city sold-out tour of the U.S.

Here camp put this out: Vocal chord issues forced the British singer to postpone dates earlier this year as well. Adele has just wrapped up touring around the UK and was preparing to kick off her US tour on October 7 in Atlantic City, NJ when her illness reappeared (see below for full list of cancelled US tour dates).

Adele has been advised by doctors that she'll need an extended rest period in order to begin to recuperate properly. Further details to follow regarding these cancelled dates. Refunds may be obtained at point of purchase. What Adele had to say

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Selena Gomez Mystery Illness Not Pregnancy No 2 pop story of 2011
Selena Gomez Mystery Illness Not Pregnancy report from back in June was the No 2 pop story of 2011. Here it is: (TMZ) Selena Gomez has undergone a number of tests for blood pressure issues since being hospitalized Thursday ... TMZ has learned.

As TMZ first reported, Gomez was rushed to the hospital on Thursday after taping an appearance on "The Tonight Show," complaining of nausea and a severe headache.

Sources tell us Gomez has undergone a number of tests for blood pressure issues, but so far ... doctors have not been able to determine what is causing the problem.

Oh ... as for the rumors going around she's pregnant ... totally untrue more on this story

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Justin Bieber Targeted For Elimination Online No 3 pop story of 2011
Justin Bieber Targeted For Elimination Online report from August was the No 3 pop story of 2011. Here it is: (TMZ) Justin Bieber has been victimized by a brand new cyber-enemy ... an enemy who found a way to get every single one of JB's official music videos REMOVED from YouTube.

It sounds so simple -- a YouTube user who goes by the name iLCreation submitted a copyright claim on each of Bieber's videos ... including the "Baby" video which has over 600 MILLION views.

YouTube has a yank first, ask questions later policy when a copyright claim is made -- so they simply pulled the videos off the site ... until the dispute is resolved.

iLCreation also went after a few Lady Gaga videos -- but only a few of her videos are missing in action.

Bieber's VEVO channel (a dedicated site for music videos) has been completely wiped out for the time being ... but a rep for VEVO tells us, "Someone is making false copyright claims against the Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga channels and YouTube has blocked access to the videos as a result. We are working with YouTube to resolve ASAP." more on this story

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American Idol Scotty McCreery Makes History No 4 pop story of 2011
American Idol Scotty McCreery Makes History report from October was the No 4 pop story of 2011. Here it is: American Idol champ Scotty McCreery's debut album, Clear As Day, has entered the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts at No. 1.

McCreery is now the youngest male in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. This is also the highest first-week album sales of any solo country artist in 2011.

With first-week sales totaling 196,739, he is the first new country artist this year to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He has the second-highest debut week for a new artist in all genres in 2011, behind rapper J.Cole. more on this story

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Lady Gaga To Play Amy Winehouse in Movie? No 5 pop story of 2011
Lady Gaga To Play Amy Winehouse in Movie? report from August was the No 5 pop story of 2011. Here it is (Gibson) According the U.K. tabloid Daily Star, Lady Gaga is looking to play Amy Winehouse in an upcoming biopic. Tributes have poured in from across the globe following Winehouse's death on July 23. Among those grieving the loss of the talented 27-year-old singer is the chart-topping "Poker Face" diva.

An anonymous "insider" told the tabloid, "Lady Gaga worshipped Amy and would love nothing more than to transform herself into her idol on the big screen. She'd be spot on performing Amy's songs and has got the right look and bolshy attitude. Gaga's been itching to make the transition from music into movies and sees this as the ideal role to launch her film career. Gaga's management team had been discussing possible film ventures before Amy's untimely death. But there's only ever been one role she wants and that's to play Amy."

For her part, Lady Gaga spoke about the loss of her idol: "I am just so devastated and so sad. I really could not speak for 48 hours straight; I was in such shock. She was the most lovely and nice and kind woman." more on this story

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Katy Perry Sets New Record No 6 pop story of 2011
Katy Perry Sets New Record was the No 6 pop story of 2011. Here it is: Katy Perry has set a VMA record, becoming the first artist in MTV history to be nominated for four separate videos in one year.

Katy's nominations include "Video of the Year" and "Best Female Video," for her No. 1 smash "Firework," "Best Pop Video" for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," and "Best Collaboration" for her No. 1 single "E.T." featuring Kanye West.

Katy has been nominated for the following awards: Video of the Year and Best Female Video for "Firework," Best Pop Video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," Best Cinematography for "Teenage Dream," and Best Collaboration, Best Art Direction, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Special Effects for "E.T." (featuring Kanye West). The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre Sunday, August 28th. more on this story

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R. Kelly Has Emergency Surgery No 7 pop story of 2011
R. Kelly Has Emergency Surgery report from July was the No 7 pop story of 2011. Here it is:

Some major news out of the R. Kelly camp came out yesterday: R. Kelly will be laid up for an indefinite amount of time after undergoing an emergency procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Tuesday to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils.

Kelly had visited a throat specialist earlier in the day complaining of severe throat pain. Following a preliminary exam, he was rushed to Northwestern Memorial for the procedure.

It is not known when Kelly, who just completed the U.S. leg of his worldwide "Love Letter" Tour, will be able to resume performing.

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Christina Aguilera Accused of Song Theft No 8 pop story of 2011
Christina Aguilera Accused of Song Theft report back in March was the No 8 pop story of 2011. Here it is: (TMZ) If Christina Aguilera's hit "Ain't No Other Man" sounds like a classic, that's because its infectious beat comes from a 43-year-old song -- and a new lawsuit claims Sony Music hasn't paid the rightful owner for the sample.

Take a listen ... Christina's song clearly samples from a 1968 latin soul tune called "Hippy Skippy Moon Strut"(aka "I'll Be a Lucky Man) by Dave Cortez and the Moon People. Gotta love that name.

According to the federal lawsuit, filed in New York, TufAmerica purchased exclusive rights to 'Hippy Skippy' in 2004 ... however Sony Music -- Christina's label -- made a deal with Codigo Music and the Clyde Otis Music Group to use the song more on this story

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Paula Abdul Calls 911 On Boyfriend No 9 pop story of 2011
Paula Abdul Calls 911 On Boyfriend from back in March was the No 9 pop story of 2011. Here it is: (TMZ) Paula Abdul made a frantic and tearful 911 call during a Valentine's Day drive with a boyfriend -- repeatedly screaming, "Drop me off!" ... and TMZ has obtained the recording.

During the call -- placed at 4:35 PM on Valentine's Day -- Paula cries and sobs hysterically and says, "I wanna go, and he won't let me!"

Seconds later Paula says, "Are you gonna drop me off 'cause I have emergency on the phone" -- and shortly after that she says, "He's dropping me off. more on this story

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Racy Rihanna Video Sparks Objection No 10 pop story of 2011
Racy Rihanna Video Sparks Objection was the No 10 pop story of 2011. Here it is: (superLOUD) Rihanna's video shoot for her new single "We Found Love" hit a little snag the other day in Ireland.

A farmer took offense as Rihanna proceeded to get topless in his wheat field. Farm owner Alan Graham had this to say about the incident:

"I had a conversation with Rihanna. I hope she understands where I'm coming from. We shook hands." more on this story

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It Wasn't Michael Jackson's Voice On The Simpsons (No 11 pop story of 2011)
It Wasn't Michael Jackson's Voice On The Simpsons was the No 11 pop story of 2011. Here it is: (Gibson) It was not Michael Jackson's voice that sang "Happy Birthday Lisa" on The Simpsons TV show in 1991. In the episode, "Stark Raving Dad," Jackson voiced a character who was a mental patient, but was not allowed to sing his own song.

According to NME.com, Jackson had written the song especially for the show, but was blocked by his record company, Sony, from actually singing it.

The singing voice belonged to Jackson impersonator Kipp Lennon, who also voiced Jackson in the TV series The Jacksons: An American Dream. more on this story

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