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Swiss time was running out

[Updated: Pt 4] A brand new video for Smoke on the Water was produced to promote the upcoming reissue of Machine Head. The video will be an animated one. Here is a preview and interview with the creators Dan Gibling and Luke McDonnell.

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Maria Moita author passes away

Our contributor from Brazil Marcelo Soares writes: Legendary bossa nova composer Carlos Lyra has died today, December 16, 2023, at the age of 90. You may not be a bossa nova fan, but you definitely have heard of at least one of his songs, Maria Moita — the riff, originally written by Tom Jobim for […]

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What makes this song great

Rick Beato got his hands on a multitrack of Smoke on the Water and dissects it for his Youtube series What Makes This Song Great?

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And now for something completely different

Over the course of the pandemic, Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah Willcox were entertaining themselves and their Youtube audience by recording covers of everything from Swan Lake to Smoke on the Water in their backyard. Guitar World has recently caught up with Fripp and interviewed him about this project (which is still going strong, […]

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But no emptiness, no eagles, and no snow

This gentleman travelled all the way down to Montreux to tell the story we all know. The short film is nicely put together, and he managed to get inside the Résidence des Alpes (née THE Grand Hotel).

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Waaaaay out there

This gentleman going by the online moniker Börje Unchained definitely has an unchained imagination. He records instrumental covers of metal songs as if they were written and performed by another metal band. He went all out for Smoke and did it in no less than 6 different styles: Testament, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Slipknot, and Tool. […]

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So sassy!

Elizabeth the opera singer discusses the importance of spit management and hand calluses in her analysis of Smoke from Hosftra’73.

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Eternal Spirit of the chainless Mind

An online lifestyle magazine thrillist has profiled a certain Swiss town with a rich history connected to arts and music — from Lord Byron and Stravinski to Charlie Chaplin and Freddie Mercury. And it starts with a story of Frank Zappa and The Mothers being at the best place around, with a few instances of […]

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Complaining about Smoke even before it was finished

A couple of things that are probably not really news for the people frequenting our site. Far Out magazine has a story about Lars Ulrich’s favourite band, you know which one: His love affair with music dates back to a concert in 1973 in Copenhagen at the K.B. Hallen when he witnessed Deep Purple in […]

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The Riff for dummies

In this video tutorial one can learn how to play the Smoke riff with literally zero prior music experience. Which is the majority of people on this planet.

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