The Mansion is a 10-bedroom mansion owned by music producer Rick Rubin in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles, originally built in 1918. The Mansion is famous for many bands who recorded their best titles, and it's also famous because the mansion's first resident was legendary Harry Houdini. After recording the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik with considerable ease and comfort, Rubin decided to record many of the albums he has produced here, including; the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Audioslave's Out of Exile, The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium, Slipknot's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), and Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight.
Since 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have returned to the mansion on numerous occasions; the tracks "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population" on the Red Hot Chili Peppers 2003 Greatest Hits compilation, and more recently, the group's 2006 album, Stadium Arcadium were recorded in the mansion. The mansion can also be seen on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Funky Monks DVD (released 1991), the making of Minutes to Midnight DVD, and in a series of eight clips uploaded to LCD Soundsystem's official YouTube channel documenting the creation of This Is Happening.
In the 1960s and 70s many famous artists such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles stayed there. The house was owned by Errol Flynn in the late 1930s. It is just north of a house that was rented by Harry Houdini for roughly one year around 1919.
The mansion is rumored to be haunted. Artists such as the Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler Zavala have reported doors opening when they are known to have been previously closed. Zavala also cited one room, the bell tower, that the band chose to avoid while living there.
The nine-piece metal band Slipknot reported experiencing a number of unusual events while living there during the recording of their album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Drummer Joey Jordison claimed to have had an unsettling experience in the basement when he felt something walk through him and subsequently never went down there again. Also, Singer Corey Taylor took pictures of two orbs hovering near the thermostat in his room that changed the temperature. System of a Down's guitarist, Daron Malakian, said that everyday around 4 o'clock, his amp tubes would act weird.
It is rumored that the house has been haunted since 1918, when the son of a furniture store owner pushed his lover from the balcony. The mansion is actually built on the grounds of the old mansion that burned down in the late 1950s and wasn't rebuilt until years later to be used as a recording arts studio. Also, during the recording of the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, more unusual things occurred. Consequently, drummer Chad Smith chose to not live in the house during the recording. Guitarist John Frusciante considered the ghosts friendly, so he decided to masturbate in front of one. The BSSM album art also features a photograph of a strange orb captured during a group photograph, which the band suggests might have been a spirit at the mansion.
The Mansion also appears in the second season of Showtime's Californication, in which the owner of the house is Lew Ashby, a famous record producer (played by Callum Keith Rennie) living alone in his ivory tower. Also referred in the TV Show as "Ashby's Den of Iniquity". Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra visited the mansion during their MTV reality show "Til Death Do Us Part".
|Band or artist||Album(s) and/or song(s)||Year(s) of recording|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Blood Sugar Sex Magik||1991|
|Marilyn Manson||Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)||1999 - 2000|
|American Head Charge||The War of Art||2000 - 2001|
|The Mars Volta||De-Loused in the Comatorium||2002 - 2003|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||"Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population" from Greatest Hits||2003|
|Slipknot||Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)||2003|
|System of a Down||Mezmerize & Hypnotize||2004|
|Ours||Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy||2005|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Stadium Arcadium||2005|
|Linkin Park||Minutes to Midnight||2006 - 2007|
|Maroon 5||It Won't Be Soon Before Long||2006 - 2007|
|LCD Soundsystem||This Is Happening||2009 - 2010|
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