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Guitar World Record on German TV

A new attempt on the Guitar World Record will happen on the German TV show Fernsehgarten on May 10th. We have covered the previous two records, both set in 2007 and both featuring Smoke On The Water: 1,802 players in Leinfelden, Germany and 1,721 players in Kansas City, USA. The new attempt will be made on live TV at the ZDF-Fernsehgarten studio ground in Mainz. Ian Gillan has assured his participation by telephone call once again.

The organizers would like to invite everybody who can hold a guitar to come to Mainz on May 10th and participate in the new attempt at Guitar World Record by playing Smoke On The Water:

You are not only helping us to win the World Record, you also have the unique chance to be aprt of a live TV show, meet other stars and — if we are successful — you can call yourself a Guinness World Record holder afterwards.

The invitation is of course for all other guitarists as well. Please forward this message to all you know and who can play guitar or are at least able to hold a guitar correctly. This is not about perfection or beauty, it is only the registered number of people that counts. It is important to have as many participants as possible in Mainz, as on May 1st a similar attempt takes place in Poland during the “Thanks Jimmy” (Hendrix) Festival (but they play “Hey Joe”). The organizers already had more participants last year, but due to a formal mistake Guinness didn’t accept the record. This time they won’t do the same mistake again, so they are a real competitor (we don’t call it a threat but a challenge) for us, the founders of the GWR. And we are the ones that have the official support from Deep Purple. So we are reliant on every single participant, and on every promotion we can get, especially mouth to mouth propaganda. So please forward this to as many people as possible, even if you will not attend yourselves.

The TV show runs from 11am to 1pm, I guess, the record attempt will appen at about 12:30, before that the registration (plan enough time for that!)

The latest news about the GWR can be found on our homepage www.gitarrenweltrekord.de. There you can also download the tab of the new song. It is really easy to play (that’s what it was written for), wven for beginners (like me).

We would be really glad, if you would come to Mainz (together with a few mates). A DP fan meeting can be arranged.

Thanks to Helge Andreas Mayschak for the info.

11 Comments to “Guitar World Record on German TV”:

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    marcinn says:

    Actually there is another attempt to break the Guitar World Record and the event will take place on May 1st in Wroclaw, Poland. This is called ‘Thanks Jimi Festival’ and Steve Morse is to participate in the event. Whole thing will happen at noon in the Old Square Market afterwards there is Purple gig in Wroclaw.

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    T says:

    I participated in the event that started this trend: The 99.7FM-sponsored event in Kansas City, KS a couple of years ago.

    At the time, the band members completely ignored the occasion for a much-needed PR boost in America. The reason why DP continues to lose ground in America is because the band ignores America. They hardly need PR in Germany.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    Very cool you did that!

    I disagree with your opinion on why they’re ignored in America. They’re ignored everywhere else too, just in different bi-cultural ways depending on how strong the media plays a part.

    They’re covered enough wherever they go, but not covered the rest of the time here, and thats the problem, and it’s not because they ignore America, it’s because America ignores what it is they do unless they’re doing it here at the time. Return trips are always akward so they just roll with what little they have to work with here, at least they get around every couple of years or so since 2004.(but I haven’t seen them since then and got my fill of it all anyway, we’ll see what lies ahead creatively)

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    I witnessed an open air festival in Germany in 1998 which I could appreciate despte my never stopping feelings concerning the line up.

    It was very hot and they still played a lot of ABANDON tracks.

    After that and before that I tried several times to get my fix of Purple out of a gig but I remember mostly feeling sad things went like this.

    It must have had strong moments here and there but I cant remember them really.

    Its been 3 years now I witnessed them for the last time.

    Although I did not like that Amsterdam show as well I m considering seeing them once more right now.

    It could be devastating bad, a bit ok… or……
    Well, a final goodbye of sorts?

  5. 5
    james jay says:

    #2 cold and windy day at that–right T?
    held at the new T-Bones baseball park in KCK. i missed it because air guitar players like myself did not qualify : )

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    A says:

    The new Guitar World Record is over 6200 ppl set yesterday in Wroclaw, Poland. Polish last year’s record was 1951 ppl beat by USA with 2052 ppl playing.

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    Samowar (Poland!) says:

    Ha! Try to break that record! 6346 guitar players (Real guitar players, not people who can hold guitar correctly) were playing Hey Joe in Wrocław!

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    Robert Daems says:

    Which TV station is broadcasting Fernsehgarten?

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    nagyatsu(Poland) says:

    6346! Yeyeye Poland roxXx! 😀

    How many ppl were in Germany yesterday?

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    Krelke says:

    6407 ;] -> Wrocław, Poland ;]

    German Record was canceled 😉

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