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Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Audioslave, Limp Bizkit, White Zombie, Etc. Master Recordings Allegedly Lost In 2008 UMG Fire


You’ve likely read the recent reports of the 2008 fire on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood allegedly having claimed the master recordings of hundreds of thousands of artists spanning numerous genres and decades. The fate of the recordings only came to the public eye after a recent New York Times report blew the lid off the story following what some claim to have been a cover-up of sorts orchestrated by UMG in the years since the fire.

Numerous artists have come forward since the story broke, stating that they were not informed of their masters being lost, nor were they compensated for any potential insurance payments, etc. UMG received regarding the fires.

The New York Times have now compiled a new list of recordings thought to have been lost in the fire, pulling artists from lists UMG used in their own internal recovery efforts in the immediate years following the fire. Via that effort UMG were seeking to locate backups and the like of recordings stored in other facilities to ascertain what had truly been lost.

It would seem that the world of hard rock and metal and punk suffered numerous casualties in that fire, with the newly published list featuring unspecified recordings from the following artists as suspected of being lost forever:

  • Aerosmith
  • Audioslave
  • Nuno Bettencourt
  • Coverdale/Page
  • The Damned
  • Extreme
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Hole
  • Iron Butterfly
  • Krokus
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Duff McKagan
  • Meat Loaf
  • Nazareth
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Nirvana
  • Primus
  • Puddle Of Mudd
  • Soundgarden
  • Steepenwolf
  • Temple Of The Dog
  • Tesla
  • Voivod
  • Whitesnake
  • White Zombie
  • Rob Zombie

While UMG officials have downplayed the scope of the loss in recent weeks, numerous artists have filed suit together against the label seeking damages in excess of $100 million. The potential class-action suit alleges that UMG breached their contracts by failing to properly secure and preserve their recordings as while also taking issue on a lack of compensation towards the artists for the losses. Among those taking part in that suit against the label are Soundgarden, the estate of Tupac Shakur, Hole, Tom Petty‘s former wife and more.

There’s a few more twists and turns to be found in the story, head over to The New York Times for a more comprehensive list and some more background on it.

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