The wildfires currently ravaging California have left a trail of death, destruction and devastation in their wake. From the hellish situation in Paradise to the fires currently raging in Malibu, people across the state have been forced to leave their homes and possessions behind to find safety.
Amongst the many victims are a host of musicians who have been forced to flee and, in some cases, have already lost their homes, possessions or both. Neil Young’s house in Malibu was destroyed over the weekend, he revealed in a post on his Neil Young Archives page. In the same statement, Young blasted Trump for his tweets blaming California for the fires: “California is vulnerable—not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think. As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this,” Young wrote. “We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.”
Miley Cyrus’ house was also destroyed, according to a tweet from the singer. “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong,” Cyrus said of the house she shares with fiancé Liam Hemsworth. Cyrus’ one-time VMA dance partner Robin Thicke also lost his home to the fires. Thicke praised firefighters in an Instagram post, saying, “they risked their lives trying to save our home.
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Kevin Parker, frontman of Tame Impala, posted a picture on Instagram of the house in Malibu in which he was recording. The house, along with most of Parker’s equipment and instruments, burned down, according to the post, with Parker making it out with only his laptop and his Hofner guitar.
RIP to all this gear (and someone’s beautiful house) in Malibu. I made it out with my laptop and the Hofner. My heart breaks for the wildlife
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Fred Durst and Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit were both affected by the fires, as well. Durst responded to the situation with a sense of humor, posting to his Instagram story (captured via Metal Injection) a photoshopped image of himself that said, “When you wake up and you’re house has burned down, but you were able to salvage your chair and thermos and paddleball.” Borland, on the other hand, posted a video of a house burning on the news, lamenting the “pedalboard, 2 guitars, 2 amps, a 2×12 cabinet, several other pedals and misc equipment” that were inside. It’s unclear whether the house was Borland’s or Durst’s.
My pedalboard, 2 guitars, 2 amps, a 2×12 cabinet, several other pedals and misc equipment were inside this house.
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Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers reported that his house was nearly destroyed by the fires as well, thanking a neighbor for preventing its destruction.
Jimi Hendrix saw these Southern California daze when he sang look at the sky turn hellfire red someone’s house is burning down down down down. The Los Angeles air is thick with smoke, ash, and ember and the danger has not passed. My house might have burned down down last night were it not for my friend Eric (in the second pic) who defied the evacuation orders and stayed up all through the night armed with his wits and a garden hose, and put out all the little fires at my house and my neighbors, saving our asses. He is a brave and beautiful, a selfless and kind man. So I was able to go be silly with my kids today and go get our nails painted funny colors, without bearing the heavy weariness of having lost all my stuff. We are not out of the woods yet, but with people like eric around we are gonna be ok. Times like these we have to do everything we can to help each other, listen to each other, step up for our neighbors. Empathy is everything, our greatest trait.
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Many more musicians have been forced to evacuate, including Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Iggy Azalea and more. It remains to be seen if their houses will survive the fires.
Listen to a 1997 Young performance from the Paste archives below.