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Universal Confirms SLAYER, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA & More Masters Damaged In 2008 Fire

They're starting to open up about what happened.


Universal Studios suffered a fire in 2008 that reportedly only destroyed the park's King Kong attraction. Then in June 2019 it was reported that about 500,000 song titles owned by Universal Music Group (UMG) like ones from Guns N’ RosesMary J. BligeNo DoubtNine Inch Nails, and Snoop Dogg were also lost in the fire, as there was an archive below the building.

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Recently, artists and representatives such as SoundgardenHoleSteve EarleTom Petty's ex-wife Jane and Tom Whalley representing the Afeni Shakur Trust that oversees Tupac Shakur’s estate, filed a punitive class action lawsuit against Universal. More lawsuits are expected to come soon.

Now in a report from Pitchfork, UMG has confirmed the loss or damage to recordings from the following artists.

  • Sonic Youth
  • Nirvana
  • Elton John
  • Beck
  • Soundgarden
  • Sheryl Crow
  • R.E.M.
  • Bryan Adams
  • …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  • David Baerwald
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Les Paul
  • Peter Frampton
  • Michael McDonald
  • Slayer
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Surfaris
  • White Zombie
  • Y&T

Pitchfork points out that no replacement copies of some Sonic Youth, Slayer, Les Paul, Peter Frampton, and Michael McDonald were mentioned. No specific titles were mentioned either, so who knows what was actually lost or damaged yet.

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