Joey Z. of Life of Agony suffered massive destruction to his Method of Groove studios thanks to Hurricane Sandy. He filmed himself touring his former studio and it is just crushing to watch.

His statement on the matter is as follows:

"After years of hard work that went into the development and brand, Method of Groove Studio has been completely devastated and submerged due to Hurricane Sandy. There is nothing left there. The water level inside the building was believed to be as high as eight feet. Not only have I lost all the recording gear, I also lost all of my touring gear, dating back to the early '90s... all of it. I was able to enter the building yesterday after water levels receded down to a couple of feet.

"My family is ok. My friends are ok. My home is ok. I will continue this path of producing and touring. I've recorded many bands in other studios before, whether it was America, Europe or Canada, and mixed them back here in NY. My mixing/mastering studio was not harmed since it is in a completely different location. I spoke with my management team, and we are confident with plans moving forward to record clients out of other studios. I have so many great friends both inside and outside the music industry, and feel blessed. I am going to leave the website up and running, and maybe alter it a bit over time. Contacting me for recording, mixing or mastering is still the same, (sans the studio telephone line). For all those who already have been helping and have sent their love and support, I thank you so much. I shot some video yesterday with hope for government, and/or insurance relief, which can be seen below." [Horns Up Rocks]

Watch Joey Z's Method of Groove Video

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Singer and former Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless lost all of their recording equipment as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which tore through the East Coast earlier this week and ravaged New York. Momsen tweeted about the loss, writing: "Our studio, all its gear, all our guitars, destroyed... fuckyouhurricanesandy... At least we are safe. There are thousands less fortunate, our thoughts are with you, hang in there." True that, Taylor. The gear can be replaced. Lives can't! [Twitter]

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