Musicians mourn loss of Nashville venue Basement East in tornado; Third Man Records shares “love & support”

Musicians in the rock community are mourning the loss of the Nashville venue Basement East, which was destroyed in the deadly tornadoes that hit the Tennessee capital early Tuesday morning.

Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, who lives in Nashville, wrote in an Instagram post, “Our hearts go out to the lovely owners of one of the best Rock centric venues in our city @thebasementeast. And to everyone affected by the Tornado that ravaged Nashville last night.”

The Head and the Heart tweeted, “Basement East is gone… This is so sad.”

Dashboard Confessional‘s Chris Carrabba, another Nashville resident, is currently on tour, and shared his reaction to the devastation from Detroit. 

“Waking up in Detroit to news back home in Nashville of a devastating tornado just northwest of where I live,” Carrabba wrote.  “Reaching out to all my people,” he added. “Hearing back from most. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones or have lost homes. The world can change in the blink of an eye. Take care of each other.”

In a Facebook post, Basement East wrote that all of its staff are safe, though the building has been “destroyed.”

Meanwhile, Jack White‘s Third Man Records, which is headquartered in Nashville, shared a message of “love and support” to the Music City Community.

“Sending love & support to our friends and neighbors who have been tragically effected by last night’s tornado,” the label tweeted. “TMR Nashville will be closed today. Let’s take a moment to hug those you love and to help some folks in your community that you may not know.”

As of Tuesday at noon ET, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports that 19 people have died as a result of the storms.

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