Fiona Sturges. The studio was stationed next door to the Casino, an entertainment complex on the edge of Lake Geneva. Midway through the show a fan fired a flare gun into the wooden rafters, which swiftly caught fire. Zappa stopped the music and directed fans to the exits. Within hours, the building had burnt to the ground. Miraculously, no one was killed. The members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake and quickly set about writing a song. The guitarist would have to defend the riff against sniffy interviewers who suggested his use of just four notes made it too basic to be any good. In the former category was a charity recording to help victims of the Armenian earthquake that featured an all-male roll-call of top rockers including Bruce Dickinson, Bryan Adams, Tony Iommi, Brian May and Keith Emerson, and dialled up the rock histrionics to seismic effect. In Ian Gillan joined scores of amateur rockers in playing the song on the beach in Lyme Regis in the UK, though they failed to beat the record achieved at a festival in Wroclaw, Poland, in when 6, guitarists performed it together, led by current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse.
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Smoke On The Water
For 50 weeks of every year, Montreux is a sleepy place. The setting is spectacular, at the eastern end of Lake Geneva, on the edge of the Swiss Alps. Palm trees line the promenade, there are snowcapped peaks above. You can sit and look at it all day, but when the sun goes down the town shuts down. Yet for a fortnight each summer, this torpid paradise is transformed. Lighting rigs and big amp stacks spring up along the lakeside.
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It was first released on their album Machine Head. In , the song was ranked number on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest songs of all time ,  ranked number 4 in Total Guitar magazine's Greatest Guitar Riffs Ever,  and in March , Q magazine placed "Smoke on the Water" at number 12 in its list of the greatest guitar tracks. It is a four-note blues scale melody in G minor , harmonised in parallel fourths. The riff , played on a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar by Blackmore, is later joined by hi-hat and distorted organ, then the rest of the drums , then electric bass parts before the start of Ian Gillan 's vocal. Blackmore later claimed that the main power chord riff is an interpretation of inversion of Symphony No. Jon Lord doubles the guitar part on a Hammond C3 organ played through a distorted Marshall amp, creating a tone very similar to that of the guitar.
More people search this site looking for information on Smoke On The Water than any other single aspect of Deep Purple's history; this special page on the Deep Purple Appreciation Society website will cover all aspects of this amazingly popular rock anthem Deep Purple were watching a Frank Zappa matinee concert in the Montreux Casino concert hall when a flare gun was discharged into the ceiling and started a fire which quickly engulfed and destroyed the venue. The band's roadies saved Deep Purple's gear, parked outside the hall where they were going to start recording their new album the next day. The group escaped with everyone else, and watched the hall burn down. As the smoke drifted across the lake nearby, the sight inspired Roger Glover to jot down the song title Smoke On The Water. The group set up the Rolling Stones Mobile and began recording in another hall, and the first backing track they laid down was the Smoke On The Water riff, before police closed down the session after neighbours complained about the volume. Ritchie Blackmore had come to the sessions with a few ideas in his head, and the famous Smoke riff was the first one he suggested that they jam with. Finally Deep Purple hired the nearby empty Grand Hotel and recorded the rest of the album in a cordoned off area of the corridors with mattresses to deaden the noise. Ian Gillan who wrote the lyrics about their experiences over the Smoke On The water backing track.