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If a picture is worth a thousand words, our list of the Best Rock Photos of 2012 is worth 10,000. Whether that math holds, the following 10 images capture some of the most visually stunning and memorable indie and alternative rock events of the last 12 months. Peep our picks for the Best Rock Photos of 2012 and relive all the busted guitars, triumphant comebacks and confetti downpours.

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Green Day

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sept. 21, 2012
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong suffered an onstage meltdown at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Sin City, cursing up a storm and smashing his guitar before storming offstage. He entered rehab for substance abuse soon after.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Lana Del Rey

Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, Calif.
Oct.10, 2012
Lana Del Rey stops to take pictures with fans waiting outside the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif., before the premiere of her 'Ride' video.
Lana Del Rey
Toby Canham, Getty Images


Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Nov. 13, 2012
Guitarist Jonny Buckland looks on as singer Chris Martin lays onstage and confetti pours during a performance at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Always ones for spectacle, Coldplay was bound to land on our Best Rock Photos of 2012 list.
Chris Martin Jonny Buckland Coldplay
Don Arnold, Getty Images


Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Feb. 12, 2012
Adele took home six trophies, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year honors, at the 2012 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images


Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, N.Y.
Oct. 3, 2012
M83 rock the stage of a special concert held in conjunction with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III on Oct. 3 in New York City.
Anthony Gonzalez M83
Neilson Barnard, Getty Images


Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 9, 2012
Next up on our list of the Best Rock Photos of 2012, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood sits in on percussion during the band's Nov. 9 gig at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
Jonny Greenwood Radiohead
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Stone Roses

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, England
Aug. 18, 2012
Reunited Brits the Stone Roses hit the Virgin Media Stage on the opening day of the 2012 V Festival in Chelmsford, England.
Stone Roses
Samir Hussein, Getty Images

Jack White

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.
Aug. 12, 2012
Jack White is surrounded by fans at the mobile Third Man Records stage during Day 3 of the 2012 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Jack White
Trixie Textor, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
June 5, 2012
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea takes batting practice at the home of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds before the team's June 5 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Peppers rocked the nearby US Bank Arena the following night.
Flea Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Flaming Lips

Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Ga.
May 19, 2012
The Flaming Lips -- virtual shoe-ins for our list of the Best Rock Photos of 2012 list -- turn the stage of Centennial Olympic Park into a phone zone during the band's May 19 headlining performance there.
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