A fire broke out early yesterday morning (Aug. 11) in a Burbank, Calif., studio where the Black Eyed Peas were recording a new album, destroying about $500,000 in gear and instruments, authorities and

A fire broke out early yesterday morning (Aug. 11) in a Burbank, Calif., studio where the Black Eyed Peas were recording a new album, destroying about $500,000 in gear and instruments, authorities and band members said.

Band members lit candles during the recording session and forgot to blow them out, causing the 3 a.m. fire at Glenwood Place Studios, Capt. Ron Bell said.
Damage to the building, where the group was recording the Interscope album "Monkey Business," was estimated at $50,000. No one was injured.

The Peas said they were devastated by the loss. "Guitars, drums, drum kits, keyboards, microphones, classic instruments that we've collected with our worldly travels are now destroyed," group member will i. am told KABC-TV.

The group is scheduled to perform tomorrow (Aug. 13) in New York on ABC's "Good Morning America."


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