The auction to sell 127 of David Gilmour’s guitars at Christie’s in New York has
shattered records, fetching a total of $21,490,750. The former Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist had previously revealed that the money raised would go towards the ClientEarth charity ***** New report suggests that the 2008 fire at Universal Studios destroyed
thousands of recordings by artists from across music history. The website report that an estimated 500,000 songs were lost, including work by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, B.B. King and most of Chuck Berry’s Chess masters and multitrack masters. Other
blues material by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Little Walter on the Chess label are also thought to have been destroyed. It’s also reported that the blaze claimed tracks by artists
including Joni Mitchell, Captain Beefheart, Cat Stevens, the Carpenters, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, Asia, Don Henley, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Police, Steve Earle, R.E.M., Guns N’
Roses, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Hole. Yes and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes posted a picture of the aftermath of the 2008 blaze on Twitter, and said: “This might explain why nobody can find the original Asia album masters.
Very sad, and UMG have kept it quiet for more than 10 years.” *****