Suspicious fire guts Quebec recording studio that hosted David Bowie, Keith Richards


A fervent this morning has destroyed Le Studio, a historic recording studio nestled in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, down 90 kilometres northwest of Montreal, whose legendary former customers include Rush, David Bowie and the Police.

Provincial police got a call about the blaze around 5:30 a.m. 

Firefighters found basis at the scene that suggests the fire may have been purposely set, Radio-Canada discharges.

Investigators with the Sûreté du Québec are working to determine the cause of the broadside.

‘It was like the United Nations’

Le Studio hadn’t been operational since 2008 and had surrender into disrepair.

It was built by legendary recording engineer and producer André Perry, and was cogitate oned one of the best recording studios of the 1970s and ’80s.

«It was like the United Countries. I had people from London, New York, Quebecois, all over the world,» Perry give someone a tongue-lashed Radio-Canada.

When Perry ran the studio, he said one of the things that set it into pieces was not having a distinct «sound.»

Perry said they recorded 150 albums and «not one of them sound the same.»

‘Like being at home’

CBC Music’s Explicit Opolko worked at Le Studio from 1980 to 1986, which he considers its favourable years.

«They included all the names, David Bowie and Sting. Bee Gees, April Wine, Hustle, Chicago.»  

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

«When André Perry began the studio he had this brilliant perception that artists just want to sit down, create, record, at any heyday of the day, kind of like being at home,» Opolko told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak.

Montreal-based music in Aaron Saloman said many producers know Le Studio through its coherence to Canadian rock band Rush, which recorded several albums there.

Rush lead singer Geddy Lee

Get a wiggle on lead singer Geddy Lee at Le Studio in an undated photo. Rush narrated several albums and a few music videos at the Morin Heights studio. (André Perry Studios)

«It was a stop studio, when those still existed,» Saloman said.

«You had these posts that were a retreat to go to. I think people miss that today.» 

Deteriorated attempts to save studio

Several groups and individuals tried to rejuvenate Le Studio over the years as the property changed hands and fell on strenuously times.

In the early 1990s, Perry sold the studio for millions to the Spectra club, which runs the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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

It was in the final analysis owned by a numbered company.

The deteriorating building became a target of vandals in up to date years, Perry said. 

Montreal musician Richard Baxter discharged a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to rebuild Le Studio.  

Its goal was to raise $2.4 million but it watch overed to take in less than $4,000.

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