Bryan Adams among Canadians who lost work in Universal fire
Bryan Adams says the original masters of many of his biggest hits were likely destroyed in a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood, a blaze for which the extent of the damage has only recently come to light.
The Kingston, Ont.-born singer-songwriter is among hundreds of artists whose original master recordings, artwork and photography is believed to have perished in the massive fire that engulfed a part of the Hollywood backlot over a decade ago.
The list includes a number of Canadian acts, including Joni Mitchell, Nelly Furtado and Rufus Wainwright.
Many of those musicians only learned recently of the damage through , after Universal downplayed the impact for years. added more names to the list of artists who are believed to have lost recordings.
Universal suggested the Times "overstated" the losses, but the and "answers" on the damage.
Singer Sheryl Crow, among the artists who learned about the loss through the Times report, that the master tapes and back-ups of albums such as Tuesday Night Music Club and the track All I Wanna Do perished in the fire.
Several acts, including Soundgarden, Hole, Steve Earle and the estate of Tupac Shakur, .
Masters for Summer of '69, Heaven
Adams says he only learned of the impact when he started plotting a 30th anniversary reissue of his No. 1 album Reckless six years ago.
He contacted the archival department of Universal Music Group, which stored the master tapes, artwork and videos for his album, which included the massive hits Summer of '69 and Heaven. But he returned almost empty handed when they couldn't find copies.
Adams explained by email he eventually located a "safety copy" of the Reckless master at his vault in the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, which led to a remastered edition of Reckless in 2014.
But he says he's uncertain if master copies for his eight other studio albums at A&M, which was later acquired by Universal, still exist. Those projects would include Cuts Like a Knife and Waking Up the Neighbours.