Report: Master recordings by Weezer, The Who, Blink-182, Neil Young & more lost in Universal fire

Report: Master recordings by Weezer, The Who, Blink-182, Neil Young & more lost in Universal fire

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Report: Master recordings by Weezer, The Who, Blink-182, Neil Young & more lost in Universal fire

June 26, 2019 8:00 AM

David McNew/Getty ImagesThe New York Times Magazine is reporting that even more artists than have previously thought have lost their master recordings in the 2008 Universal Studios fire.

According to the latest report, affected artists include Weezer, The Who, Blink-182, Neil Young, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, Primus, Limp Bizkit, Meat Loaf, Styx, Boston, SublimeRob Zombie, White Zombie and Jimmy Eat World, among hundreds more.

These names follow the initial NYT report about the fire's damage, which stated that masters recorded by artists including Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, Tom Petty, Soundgarden, The Eagles and R.E.M. were among those destroyed.

A lawsuit against Universal Music Group, which includes Petty's ex-wife, Jane Petty, Soundgarden and Hole as plaintiffs, was filed last Friday.

Following the initial article, Universal Music Group said in a statement obtained by Variety that report includes "numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions and fundamental misunderstandings of the scope of the incident and affected assets."

"Music preservation is of the highest priority for us and we are proud of our track record," the statement reads.

"While there are constraints preventing us from publicly addressing some of the details of the fire that occurred at NBCUniversal Studios facility more than a decade ago, the incident -- while deeply unfortunate -- never affected the availability of the commercially released music nor impacted artists’ compensation."

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