There's probably nothing scarier than having history being destroyed. The world just found out that that's exactly what happened to the music industry during the 2008 Universal Studios Hollywood fire. Although it's been 11 years since the tragedy, the extent of the damage and size of the fire was only announced this week. It affected artists around the globe! Yup, that means that Canadian artists lost original music in the Universal Studios Hollywood fire as well.
This new information came to light after the New York Times published an investigative piece on the fire. They reported over 500,000 recordings were lost in 2008 and date back as far as the 1920s. Some of the most influential musicians who lost tracks in the blaze are Elton John, Nirvana, Snoop dog, Dolly Parton, Blink 182, Janet Jackson, and Niel Young.
Because Universal held the information from the artists for 11 years they are facing a class-action lawsuit.
The most notable Canadians discovered to have lost work in the fire are Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Rufus Wainwright, Joni Mitchell, and the Tragically Hip. Bryan Adams came forward and talked about when he realized something wasn't right with his original tracks.
He became suspicious when he wasn't able to retrieve an original recording of Summer of '69 and Heaven for a 30th-anniversary album. In addition to his music, his videos and artwork for the album were all missing. When talking about his experience he said, "No one there knew where anything was. If you were doing an archeological dig there, you would have concluded that it was almost as if none of it had ever happened."
The Tragically Hip released a statement saying that they want to retrieve all original recording before making a statement about what they lost in the fire.
No other Canadian artist has come out to talk about their loss but the New York Times has stated that they aren't done with their investigation.
It was reported in 2008 that all the studio lost was duplicates of old films, but if they lied about the music could they be lying about the films they lost in the fire as well?