It was one of the best-known recording studios – at least by name – of any in the world.
Any RUSH fan will tell you that it had a mystical quality to it because their heroes had recorded seven albums there, from Permanent Waves through to Counterparts, and included in RUSH’s notoriously detailed liner notes was the line, “Recorded at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec”.
In fact, the boys shot the video for Tom Sawyer there.
A host of the world’s most prominent artists recorded there, including Bowie, John Lennon and The Police. Winnipeg’s The Pumps recorded their first album there, too.
April Wine recorded at Le Studio and the video for I Like To Rock was shot at there.
Changes in technology and the music business forced it to close about 10 years ago, and despite efforts by several groups to resurrect it, that never happened and it fell into disrepair, and then over the weekend, it was destroyed by fire.
Le Studio founder Andre Perry told the National Post that the fire wasn’t surprising, saying “I did my mourning a long time ago because it’s been a really, really bad state for years and years now,” he said. “It was deteriorated in a way that it was evident that something like that was going to happen.”
Meanwhile, Geddy Lee had this to say in a statement on behalf of the band: “We not only worked there for months at a time, but we lived and played in the home on the property, separated only by a beautiful lake and the glorious foothills of Laurentian Mountains, it was truly a part of the great Canadian landscape…and literally a home away from home for us. It will always have a special place in our hearts.”
And with it’s loss, another legendary part of the music business of yesterday passes into history.