Fire destroys legendary Le Studio where Rush, Bowie and others recorded

David Bowie at Le studio

A fire destroyed the legendary Le Studio, a historic recording studio located in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, about 90 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

While investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, firefighters found evidence at the scene that suggests the fire may have been purposely set, says a cbc report.

The studio’s legendary clients included David Bowie, The Police, Keith Richards, the Bee Gees, April Wine, Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies and dozens of others, who made some legendary records in this studio.

‘It was like the United Nations. I had people from London, New York, Quebecois, all over the world,’ Andre Perry.

Famous Recording Studio in the 70s, 80s

The studio, built by legendary recording engineer and producer Andre Perry, was considered one of the best recording studios of the 1970s and ’80s. Canadian rock band Rush recorded several albums at Le Studio.

Rush’s Tom Sawyer (filmed at Le Studio)

Le Studio had a laid-back energy, and musicians would just walk in on days off — like Sting, who stopped in one day after skiing nearby.

It was like a destination studio where artists could sit down, create, record, at any time of the day.

Not Operational since 2008

The studio however fell on hard times, it had not been operational since 2008 and had fallen into disrepair.

In the early 1990s, Perry sold the studio for millions to the Spectra group (runs the Montreal International Jazz Festival).

After realizing, recording wasn’t its core business, the company sold the studio for considerably less a few years later.

The dilapidated studio, stripped of all its gear, is in the process of being reclaimed by nature, and is increasingly becoming a target of vandals in recent years.

Le Studio – Inside – GoPro – June 6 2015

Some time back, the town had filed notice that it was going to auction off the property to recoup the unpaid taxes, which had grown to $18,000. However, the current owner of Le Studio prevented the auction from happening by clearing off the unpaid taxes.

Montreal musician Richard Baxter launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to rebuild Le Studio. Its goal was to raise $2.4 million but it managed to take in less than $4,000.

Biggest Hits Recorded at Le Studio

Take a look at some of the biggest records and singles to come out of Le Studio.

Albums Le Studio
April Wine — First Glance, Harder…Faster
Bryan Adams —​ You Want if You Got It, Cuts Like a Knife (mixed at Le Studio)
Bee Gees —​ Children of the World, Saturday Night Fever
David Bowie —​ Tonight
Cat Stevens —​ Numbers, Izitso, Back to Earth
Chicago —​ Chicago 13
Julien Clerc —​ Julien Clerc
Roberta Flack —​ Roberta Flack
Serge Fiori —​ Serge Fiori
Glass Tiger —​ The Thin Red Line
Corey Hart —​ Boy in the Box, Fields of Fire
Luba —​ Between the Earth & the Sky
Kate & Anna McGarrigle —​ Love Over and Over
Kim Mitchell — Shakin’ Like a Human Being
Nazareth —​ Close Enough for Rock’n Roll, Play’n’the Game, Expect No Mercy
The Nylons — Rockapella
Northern Pikes — Secrets of the Alibi
Paul Piché — Paul Piché
Wilson Pickett — I Want You
Pilot —​ Morin Heights
The Police —​ Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (single)
The Ramones —​ Leave Home (mixed at Le Studio)
Keith Richards —​ Talk is Cheap
Rush —​ Permanent Waves, Signals, Moving Pictures, Grace Under Pressure, Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts
Sting —​ Dream of the Blue Turtles
Vladimir Vysotsky —​ Vladimir Vysotsky
Nanette Workman —​ Nanette Workman

(Source: André Perry Studios)

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