100,000 Master Tapes Including Guns N’ Roses, Eagles Destroyed in Fire

100,000 Master Tapes Including Guns N’ Roses, Eagles Destroyed in Fire

A 2008 fire on the Universal Studios backlot destroyed over 100,000 master recordings.

Although the fire took place over 10 years ago, statements were made public for the first time recently. When the fire first broke out, not much of a statement was released. The focus was placed on famous studio  sound stages that were damaged by the fire, with a Universal spokesperson even going as far as to deny claims that master tapes had been destroyed.

The New York Times Magazine cites internal company documents and interviews with Universal Music Group employees to dispute those initial claims. It has been revealed that music by Elton John, the Eagles, the Police, Guns N’ Roses, and more were destroyed.

Below are the list of artists whose music was lost in the fire:

Elton John
Eric Clapton
The Eagles
Steely Dan
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Police
Guns N’ Roses
Nine Inch Nails
Tupac Shakur
Louis Armstrong
Duke Ellington
Al Jolson
Bing Crosby
Ella Fitzgerald
Judy Garland
Billie Holiday
Chuck Berry
Aretha Franklin
John Coltrane
Count Basie
Ray Charles,
Sammy Davis Jr.
Les Paul
Fats Domino
Loretta Lynn
B.B. King
Quincy Jones
Burt Bacharach
Joan Baez
Neil Diamond
Sonny and Cher
The Mamas and the Papas
Joni Mitchell
Cat Stevens
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Jimmy Buffett
Don Henley
Iggy Pop
Barry White
Patti LaBelle
Yoko Ono
Janet Jackson
Queen Latifah
Mary J. Blige
Sonic Youth
No Doubt
Snoop Dogg
Sheryl Crow


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