Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Neil Young lose homes in California wildfires
Tool guitarist Adam Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker were also affected by the fires
California's wildfire siege continues and may worsen on Tuesday as thousands of firefighters continue to battle massive blazes up and down the state. With at least 29 fatalities as of Monday morning, the Camp Fire has become the state's deadliest wildfire on record since 1933.
With more than 200 people still missing, it's already the state's most destructive fire, having consumed at least 6,713 structures, including more than 6,400 homes. As we reported earlier, among those who lost their homes to the wildfire are Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler and Camille Grammer. Now, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and Neil Young have joined the list.
Durst reported via an Instagram story (captured by Metal Injection, which you can see below) that his house had burned down. Oddly enough, the 'Keep Rollin'' singer chose to make the announcement with a strange sense of humor, photoshopping his face over a picture of Steve Martin from the movie 'The Jerk', and writing, “When you wake up and your house has burned down, but you were able to salvage your chair and thermos and paddleball.”
Durst’s bandmate and Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland shared footage of a house on fire, writing on Instagram: “My pedalboard, 2 guitars, 2 amps, a 2×12 cabinet, several other pedals and misc equipment were inside this house.” It’s unclear whether the house was owned by Borland, or if his equipment just happened to be in that structure, or if it was Durst’s house to which he was referring.
Meanwhile, legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young revealed his home in Malibu was burned down over the weekend. Never one to sugarcoat his words, Young took a direct jab at President Donald Trump over a tweet Trump made blaming California's "poor forest management" for the ongoing crisis. The singer blamed Trump for his lack of action regarding climate change, calling him an "unfit leader" who ignores scientific consensus in important decision making.
“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 in a post on his official website. “We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.”
"Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped,” he added. “DT seems to be the Denier. (I’m holding back and not using the word liar because it rhymes with denier). It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new congress can help. I sure hope so.”
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Young concluded by saying: “Imagine a leader who defies science, saying these solutions shouldn’t be part of his decision-making on our behalf. Imagine a leader who cares more for his own, convenient opinion than he does for the people he leads. Imagine an unfit leader. Now imagine a fit one.”
Of course, Young isn't the only one who has lashed out at Trump recently for his insensitive comments. Katy Perry took to Twitter Saturday to call out Trump's "heartless response", criticizing the President for involving politics during such a tragic time. Rod Stewart also echoed a similar sentiment, saying: “California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or finger pointing & accusations.”
This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters. https://t.co/DJ4PN26bLZ— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 10, 2018
Mr. President, while people’s homes are burning, while lives are being lost & while firefighters are risking their lives, California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or finger pointing & accusations. Where is Winston Churchill when you need him?— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) November 10, 2018
Meanwhile, Tool guitarist Adam Jones was also affected by the fires. Jones shared on Instagram: “Thank you for all the concern love and support. This is crazy & heartbreaking. God bless all those affected by these horrific wildfires. I hope our home survives. If not – it’s just 'stuff' and I have my best friend Korin & our 2boys safe & sound.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who was also affected by the fires, took to Instagram to thank his neighbor Eric, 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 a**es."
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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.
Several other musicians also shared their experience as the fires kept blazing. On Sunday, Lady Gaga revealed that she was among the 250,000 who had been forced to evacuate their homes. Tame Impala's Kevin Parker was also caught up in the wildfires, forcing him to evacuate a Malibu home where he was recording new music. He reportedly lost the majority of his gear in the fires. The set of 'Westworld' reportedly burned down after wildfires spread to the Paramount Ranch, where the hit HBO show is filmed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the thousands affected by these horrific wildfires in California.