The wildfires raging in California have claimed the lives of at least 25 people at press time, left entire towns and thousands of homes destroyed, and displaced tens of thousands of residents. Among those are a number of celebrities and several prominent rock artists.
Tool guitarist Adam Jones and his family were forced to flee, the fate of their home uncertain. Jones wrote 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.”
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst was less fortunate, reporting that his house had burned down, while Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland shared footage of a burning house and wrote, “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 it was Durst’s house.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and his family also were forced to evacuate their Malibu home, although the house was apparently saved from the flames. Flea wrote, “My house might have burned down last night were it not for my friend 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 asses.”
Flea added, “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.”
A number of musicians also took to social media to criticize Donald Trump, who inaccurately blamed the wildfires on poor forest management and threatened to cut federal funding to the area. Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose wrote, “It’s a lack of federal funding that’s at the ‘root’ of the purported forest mismanagement. Only a demented n’ truly pathetic individual would twist that around n’ use a tragedy to once again misrepresent facts for attempted public/political gain at other’s expense.”
Trump’s comments were also blasted by Motley Crue‘s Tommy Lee and, in a more professional capacity, by California officials, fire experts, the Pasadena Firefighters Association and the California Professional Firefighters union.
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