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Natasha Shneider

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Natasha Shneider (May 22, 1956 - July 2, 2008) was a Russian musician, born in Moscow, Russia, USSR. She was most notably the keyboardist and vocalist in the musical group Eleven, and was the partner of bandmate Alain Johannes. She also played left-handed bass on the group’s first three albums.

Shneider and Johannes contributed to Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf, and joined the band as part of their touring line-up in support of their 2005 album Lullabies to Paralyze. They also wrote, performed and produced with Chris Cornell for his 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning, and formed part of his band for the subsequent tour. Previous band affiliations include Desert Sessions, Black Russian, and Walk the Moon.

Shneider also acted in two feature films, playing the roles of Russian cosmonaut Irina Yakunina in 2010 (1984), and Polish former exchange student Wanda Yakubovska in the film Spiker (1986), as well as minor roles in the TV shows Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. She also wrote and performed her own song, “Who’s In Control”, for the 2004 film Catwoman and contributed harpsichord to the 2008 Louis XIV track “Guilt By Association”.

On July 2, 2008 Natasha Shneider passed away following a battle with cancer. The news broke with a message posted on the MySpace page of the band Sweethead, of which Natasha’s former band-mate Troy Van Leeuwen is a member and was a close personal friend:
Natasha Schneider, musician extraordinaire, former actress, singer of the ground-breaking band Eleven, and one-time Queens Of The Stone Age keyboard player, died today at 11:11am of cancer. She was a brilliant, beautiful, and ballsy woman who will be missed deeply by all those who knew her.

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  • Rose-Amaranthe

    ♥ Who's In Control ? ♥

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • palbo1206

    rest in peace, girl! thank you!

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • unknownpoet

    And if you were a flower Atop the highest hill Or a pearl In the deepest part of the sea— I’d gladly dive into that sea Climb that hill And you, my treasure, I would, nevertheless, acquire I miss you Natasha.

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • DarthRamy

    Descanse en paz esta gran pianista

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Danielcarmoo

    I miss her smile...

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • port0ss

    R.I.P.

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • unusualcammie

    D: i heard "Whose In Control" In catwoman, and i loved it. buhh i had no idea she was... :/ RIP xo

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • callmesnake

    rest in peace

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • zimziggy

    was it her voice on the qotsa album? some spoken word at the end of songs, can't remember which album but the lyrics are something about crawling back in to the womb..."but you are too stupid to realise"...

    27 May 2009 Reply
  • straypup

    I've seen you once, it was enough. Bless you!

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • Jerryzzz

    I miss you... :(

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • punker3good

    love you! (r.i.p.)

    1 Jan 2009 Reply
  • red157

    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=370537758&blogID=411249747 - "Natasha Schneider, musician extraordinaire, former actress, singer of the ground-breaking band ELEVEN, and one-time QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE keyboard player, died today at 11:11am of cancer. She was a brilliant, beautiful, and ballsy woman who will be missed deeply by all those who knew her. Send your loving thoughts her way in the universe." RIP :(

    2 Jul 2008 Reply