Sex, drugs and rock and roll -- those are usually the big attention getters in the music scene. But if you were to substitute death or surgery for sex, you would have the makings for some of Ultimate Classic Rock's most shocking rock stories of 2012.

The year featured a major health scare that shut down one of the year's most popular tours, a tale of past drug excess guaranteed to raise an eyebrow or two and the continued drama that shot down the potential one-off reunion of a major rock band. Ultimate Classic Rock is teaming with our partner sites Diffuser.fm and Loudwire to revisit some of 2012's most shocking rock stories. So brace yourself and click on the button below to see the first shocker.