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"Smoke on the Water" is a song by British band Deep Purple, which was part of their album "Machine Head". In May 1973 it was released as a single and it reached the 4th place on the American Billboard Hot 100. While the initial guitar riff is fabulously simple, the piece was ranked 4th in Total Guitar magazine’s Greatest Guitar Riffs Ever. On December 4, 1971, the band was to use a mobile recording studio rented from the Rolling Stones, located in the entertainment complex that was part of the casino in Montreux, Switzerland. On the eve of the recording session Frank Zappa and his band "The Mothers of Invention" gave a concert in the casino. In the course of Don Preston's solo for the work "King Kong", sudden fire broke out caused by someone in the audience, who fired flare gun. The fire completely destroyed the casino and The Mothers Invention’s equipment. The title "Smoke on the Water" refers to the view of fire, which the members of Deep Purple saw from a hotel on Lake Geneva. The band was forced to leave the expensive mobile recording studio and find another place to record the album. One of the promised location was a theatre called "The Pavillion", but soon, when the band began work on recording the album, the local neighbors prevented it. The band was again forced to move. After a week of searching it rented a practically empty Montreux Grand Hotel and transformed the hallway and staircase into a recording studio, where it recorded most of the material for the top-grossing album "Machine Head". The only song that wasn’t in its entirety recorded in the Grand Hotel was exactly the song "Smoke on the Water".

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Every minute 750 guitarists practice „Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple

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