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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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If it ain’t got the swing

Yet another cover of Smoke, this time swinging jazz style. Description claims it to be a ‘1920s cover’. We’re no experts in intricacies of early jazz, but to our editorial ears this sounds more like 1940s. Anyways, enjoy!

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How they made the place to sweat

Produce Like A Pro youtube channel has posted their technical analysis of Smoke on the Water, including demonstration of different ways to play the riff. The video digs pretty deep into pre-history of the song, starting all the way back from 1967 Chris Curtis’ Roundabout concept, so the more enlightened and less patient of us […]

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Smoke on the Bayou

What if Deep Purple were a Delta Blues band…

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Keep it short and use my version

Ian Gillan was interviewed by a US radio station KSHE 95. He endured the slightly clueless DJs who are more interested in Smoke and Jesus Christ Superstar than the new Purple album. At least they didn’t call him Gillian. 😉 KSHE 95 · Ian Gillan Of Deep Purple 11.15.21 Thanks to Ultimate Guitar for the […]

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Best place around

Casino du Montreux is holding a little celebration this Saturday, December 4, 2021, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of said gambling house burning to the ground, immortalizing itself in the process by means of a certain song. Attractions start at 11am, last all day long, and include a telethon, a vintage fire truck […]

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Mmmm, fingerstyle…

Dutch fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Thomas Zwijsen does covers of classic rock tracks for his Youtube channel, and his latest is a cover of Smoke on the Water. Smoke has never sounded more acoustic than this.

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This is adorkable

John Coletta’s granddaughter reacts to Smoke on the Water.

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Musicians’ Bench

An objet d’art called Musicians’ Bench was spotted in Russian city of Pskov. Sharp eyes quickly recognized that music notation on the bench is not random, but represents the opening chords of nothing else but Smoke on the Water. The bench is installed in a recently reconstructed Square of the Arts and is the work […]

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