Y&T Frontman Responds to Latest Universal Music Fire News/List – The Lost Master Tapes
Dave Meniketti: “Just found out a few minutes ago that Y&T was named as one of many artists who had their master recordings destroyed in the Universal Music fire that happened 11 years ago and just came to everyone’s attention recently.
“We checked with someone at Universal yesterday and she claimed our masters were not burned in the fire. However we’ll absolutely need further clarification and proof of this, as that now appears to be a false claim.
“They received a large insurance payment for the damages and kept it from the public awareness for 11 years! Devastating to so many artists on that list. I know that Universal had been in the process of backing up some of these masters digitally, but there’s no way they did so for every one of these artists.
“Universal Music has ALL of our masters from London Records, A&M, and Geffen. Everything we recorded from 1975 through 1990, including 2″ multi-tracks, 1/4″ and 1/2” analog masters of every release, rough mixes of everything we put to tape, out-takes, unreleased songs ideas, original album artwork, videos, etc.
“If this holds up to be true, it’s a sad day for all associated with these classic Yesterday & Today/Y&T recordings.”
Two weeks ago, @NYTMag reported on the story of the 2008 Universal fire. In a follow-up, we’re publishing an expanded list of more than 700 artists thought to have lost their master recordings in the same fire. https://t.co/bR7BmV9Urp
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 25, 2019