Neil Young, Miley Cyrus, Fred Durst & others lost homes in California wildfires
The wildfires in California — including the deadly Woolsey Fire and Camp Fire — have so far left a total of 31 people dead in the state of California, and have destroyed thousands of buildings and tens of thousands of acres, with more damaged threatened. Among those who have lost their homes and/or been forced to evacuate are some high-profile celebrities, including some musicians.
Neil Young revealed in a statement on his Neil Young Archives site that he lost his home, and he also took the opportunity to criticize Donald Trump’s reactions to the wildfires and discuss climate change. “Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another,” he wrote.
Miley Cyrus also lost her home, and she has since posted a statement on Twitter and provided a list of organizations to donate to. She writes: “Completely devestated by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department! If you are interested in getting involved see next tweet….
Donate $ , Time , Supplies
I love you more than ever , Miley”
Tame Impala leader Kevin Parker lost gear that he had kept in someone else’s house, which was destroyed:
Lady Gaga was forced to evacuate her home:
I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones. I’m sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray together & for each other. God Bless You.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 10, 2018
The flames hit Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s home in Hidden Hills, but Kim posted that they fortunately stopped before the home was destroyed:
I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment. It doesn’t seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor. God is good. I’m just praying everyone is safe
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 9, 2018
As Loudwire points out, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst posted an Instagram story revealing that he lost his house. Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland also posted that he lost musical equipment in a house that caught fire, though it isn’t clear if he means Durst’s.
Tool guitarist Adam Jones was forced to evacuate his home:
Flea posted an Instagram that reads in part: “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.” Here’s more:
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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.
Lil Pump was forced to evacuate, though, in a video posted by TMZ, he appeared to somehow be having some fun with it…
Actors’ homes and film sets have also been affected, including the set for Westworld:
Sad for fans of @WestworldHBO and shows like Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, the Paramount Ranch western town movie set has burned to the ground in the Woolsey Fire @CBSLA #westworld #Woolseyfire pic.twitter.com/DhZWaGbr6g
— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) November 9, 2018
Music venues have also been affected, including the Big Room at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, CA, which is closed until further notice. The This Will Destroy You show that was to have happened there tonight (11/12) was moved to The Dip in Redding, CA, and a portion of the proceeds will go to a relief fund. The next show on Big Room’s schedule is Tacocat and Black Belt Eagle Scout this Thursday (11/15). No word yet if it has been moved as well.
Katy Perry and Rod Stewart were also among the musicians who condemned Donald Trump’s reactions to the wildfires:
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