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New world record for Smoke on the Water

June 3 is the date of a new world record for the most guitar players simultaneously playing together. Location was Kansas City and the song was Smoke on the Water. The new record was set at 1,680 people and that’s the number Stuttgart will have to beat. Local radio station KYYS 99.7 FM sponsored the event and will send sign-up lists and other paperwork to Guinness people for official recognition.

Read press coverage at KansasCity.com.

This story appeared on the newswire, so thanks to everybody who’ve sent it in.

26 Comments to “New world record for Smoke on the Water”:

  1. 1
    dr.robert says:

    Ritchie Backmore forever!

  2. 2
    dr.robert says:

    Ritchie Blackmore forever!

  3. 3
    Pedro Nunes says:

    Never will be something so simple and so sophisticated at the same time. Long live Ritchie Blackmore.

  4. 4
    dr.robert says:

    Ritchie is The Greatest!

    I want Blackmore, Lord, Gillan, Glover, Paice again for farewell tour.
    Morse and Airey are ok, but this is not Deep Purple at all.
    Ritchie Blackmore is Deep Purple. And the best Deep Purple version is the second one. The Greatest Band Ever!

  5. 5
    thedivine says:

    Lord is the best!

  6. 6
    Andreas says:

    I think there is ” no one the best”. Every Line up have their ups and downs and every Line up have a special direction they want to play.
    Blackmore has been at the right place, at the right time with the right idea – did he wrote “smoke” by himself alone ?
    Congratulation to DP, that they will be heard worldwide and that there is such a contest with one of their songs.

    Play the song you like – and play them loud.

  7. 7
    Rascal says:

    If you look closely you might spot Blackmore hiding in the crowd. The top hat, wispy moustache, moody look, and mandolin give it away!!

    He will do anything to play ‘Smoke On The Water’ again……………..

    Well Blackmore………..Its tooooooo late…….youve cooked your goose……….No farewell tour!!

    Steve Morse………now thats a guitar player!!!

  8. 8
    Craig Storey says:

    Oh fiddle de dee you GITS!

    Why not bring back Bobby Woodman, and for a change let Gillan play the stylophone.

  9. 9
    T says:

    When we did the “test” and everyone came in with the riff at the countdown, it was all in synch. A magical moment. I used the same Stratocaster that Ian Gillan had signed, now used in the World Record attempt. I know the Germans will crush our record, but it was still a very special time and I was happy to be a part of it.

  10. 10
    Son-of-Alerik says:

    I was there as well. Came all the way from Calif. to participate. It was quite amazing to experience. SOTW was the first song I ever learned to play all the way through. While standing on a field with 1,682 other players was cool, what a lot of people don’t know is there were easily 2,000 more people in the stands rocking out and cheering us on. Having never played in front of a group like that, for me, that was a truly magical experience.

  11. 11
    panos says:

    four notes conquered the whole world…

  12. 12
    Michael says:

    Get over Blackmore you sooks. You sound like 8 year old children who’s crying for their dummy!!!! Yes, Blackmore was one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but it’s over. MK2 is finished forever. MK8 is here to stay and they ARE Deep Purple and they are playing as well as Deep Purple ever has. In case you’re wondering, Steve Morse has now played more gigs as the guitarist of Deep Purple than anyone else (including Blackmore). He’s paid his dues, so credit where it’s due please.

    Rant over!!!!

  13. 13
    Mark Bee says:

    Oh crap…I was there and I played “Paranoid.” Whoops.

  14. 14
    ormandy says:

    The four notes that conquered the whole world was Beethoven’s 5th, just beating out Ritchie by 164 years.

  15. 15
    dr.robert says:

    Blackmore is legend! Greatest guitar player ever!

  16. 16
    Red Tone says:

    Here’s to the man in black, anyone who states that mk8 is here to stay is lost forever, as nothing lasts forever and Purple always were Blackmore, Lord & Paice. No matter who the vocalist or bass player was at the time, this is the chemistry that is Deep Purple as the world knows it, full stop!

  17. 17
    mike says:

    who ever this craig storey is he should not be leaving coments on this site you have no idea what your on about and i expect to c some sort of decent coment left to make up for the monstrosity of a coment uve just left!!!!!!!!deep purple are and always will be the greatest band of all time!!!!!!!!where is jon whereis jon lordy we miss u!!!!!!!

  18. 18
    cranberry says:

    Gillan on stylophone!!

    I like it Craig, damn fine idea!!

  19. 19
    cranberry says:

    What about Jon Lord on the washboard, Glover on spoons, Paicey on digeridoo, Morse on the Hudy Gurdy??

  20. 20
    Martin Salazar says:

    The fact that so many people played together the same song is a recognition to the author, why Blackmore wasn’t there?

    If you were the author of any song, and then suddenly you notice that more than 1500 people will play it together one given sunday, it’s not enough to get the plane and be there, or at least, send them a little note.

    I just can’t understand it.

    Sorry folks, I’m happy and sad.

  21. 21
    Rascal says:

    Indgredients for Smoke On The Water consist of:-

    1)Ian Gillan- vocals
    2)Roger Glover – Bass
    3)Ian Paice – percussion and drums
    4)Don Airey – Keyboards
    5)Steve Morse – Guitar

    The above superceeds all previous recipes.

    Please note The Blackmore and Lord additives are no longer used, required, or available. Also note the JLT additive should never ever be put in the mix, and should be made illegal even to suggest doing so.

  22. 22
    Andreas says:


    don’t forget to come over to Stuttgart on 23.06.07 to make the biggest guitar party ever and establish a new world record with 1684 people playing “Smoke On The Water”. What a cool song:-)

    We still hope to convince a member of Deep Purple to join us.

  23. 23
    Tarzan says:

    Airey and Morse are great, but as you said – It’s not deep purple at all… everybody knows DP is MK II… but nobody is able to make Gillan and Blackmore play together again… MK II time is over, MK 8 is doing what they can… and they do it really gooood… I love Deep Purple…

  24. 24
    hartono says:

    ritchie, is great magic, morse is good, bolin is briliant lord is magic and airey is wonderful — coverdale and gillant the both is singer purple ever had

  25. 25
    enrico pergolis says:

    voglio solo dire grazie a tutti i DP (in maniera particolare a Ritchie, Jon, Ian, Roger e Ian) per tutte le stupende emozioni che mi hanno donato in questi anni. Il rock senza di voi non avrebbe avuto senso!
    I love you.

  26. 26
    legris richard elprupdeep@w.fr says:

    hi ! I agree 100% rascal (the castle full of) your recipe is the one and only for the time being. 2007! guys wake up we are not in 1972 anymore pity but that’s life!

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