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Today Show Smoke

The band have performed Smoke on the Water on The Today Show live this morning. The video has been posted officially on today.com, and unofficially on YouTube:

42 Comments to “Today Show Smoke”:

  1. 1
    Dan Cavil says:

    Is that all they did?

  2. 2
    John Stargazer says:

    Yes, I wish they would have played a new song from Now What. Missed opportunity indeed. Good performance of Smoke, though … and a good but quick interview with IG.

  3. 3
    Paul Steinmayer says:

    That was awesome… too bad they only focus on Smoke, and not on current stuff too!

  4. 4
    Mark Sheehan says:

    What’s up with Steve’s hand?

  5. 5
    Kasper Kjærsgaard says:

    I was just wondering about the same,

  6. 6
    Marije Essink says:

    Wear and tear from about 50 years of playing, with a technique involving a lot of rotation. He wears the glove for support. http://Www.facebook.com/groups/stevemorse

  7. 7
    Scoot says:

    That was nice ?

  8. 8
    Kazz Matazz says:

    Smoke is their trademark.

  9. 9
    byron says:

    Big Ian seems in good shape!

  10. 10
    Danny N says:

    Wish i looked that good at 8 am….. Good job Deep Purple!

  11. 11
    Loretta Fournier says:


  12. 12
    Kim Peters says:

    Real music on US TV.

  13. 13
    Mike Kirwqan says:

    …and the hosts did not embarrass themselves too much, ahhh “MTV” moment averted!

  14. 14
    George says:

    Here’s the right link with HQ video: http://www.today.com/popculture/deep-purple-catch-fire-today-plaza-smoke-water-performance-t34116

  15. 15
    Mircea Hugyecz says:


  16. 16
    Scott says:

    I Figured they would play an edited version of the song. Still sounded great. I didn’t get a chance to see them in Toronto on Monday the 20th, Had no money for tickets and traffic was a nightmare cause of the Stupid PAN AM Games.

  17. 17
    KIDD PURPLE says:

    We need more of this in the states where people don’t even know they still ROCK!

  18. 18
    James Gemmell says:

    I heard nothing but rave reviews, based on the one song. And it was an abridged version of ‘Smoke’, obviously shortened to meet the tight network TV schedule. Gillan told a funny story about it. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/video-deep-purple-performs-smoke-on-the-water-on-nbcs-today-show/

  19. 19
    Thomas Bell says:

    Great performance.

  20. 20
    Mike Whiteley says:

    Given just over 5 minutes US TV air time,they HAD TO play Smoke.Great on-the-fly edits,too.
    I hope this Throwback Thursday appearance sells a few more tix on the current tour.

  21. 21
    Mike Ricard says:

    Saw it, loved it, they will be here soon enough. Got tickets for me and Sgt Wick!

  22. 22
    Troy Wickman says:

    I agree that Purple should have played a newer number, but these appearances are meant to sell concert tickets. In America, the new music is not as well known.

    Further, it was an edited version of “Smoke” which suggests a limited amount of available time.

  23. 23
    Troy Wickman says:

    It was a great performance, wasn’t it?

  24. 24
    Chip says:

    Ian was funny in his short interview. The band tore through a good but somewhat abbreviated version of Smoke. Ian was in good voice. Great job by their management for getting them the spot. It is priceless PR in the states. I can’t wait to see them in Nashville on August 2. My wife and I have VIP tickets. It is going to be awesome.

  25. 25
    Les Hedger says:

    Not a bad interview. Ian in good voice and the band sound good! “Hardest touring band in the world”!! I’ll buy that!

  26. 26
    Deeperpurps says:

    All, Why are some of you so critical. I believe DP did a wonderful job on the show. I think it is a huge positive that the band has some well overdue exposure on a major US network. Too bad that didn’t happen many years ago, but nevertheless I think this is a very good thing. Big Ian is strong of voice, the band sounds tight. What is there to complain about???

    The fact that the band is alive and well and is still playing well together is a wonderful thing. I for one rue the day when it is all over, when the band is no more. To all you critics…appreciate what you have, appreciate what is here and now. This is Deep Purple 2015 and it is much better than most else that is out there now. Enjoy it while it lasts. Quit being so critical. You are entitled to nothing. Appreciate what you have now.

  27. 27
    kraatzy says:

    Hey Steve, whats happend with you (picking) right hand ???

    Attention attention, Mr.Blackmore is coming back with some haaaard rock 😉



  28. 28
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Great gig the night before in Englewood. They got off of the stage at 11:00 p.m., over the GWB for some obviously quick sleeps and up and at ’em. Every bit of publicity in this day and age is nothing short of brilliant.

    They were all the usual stellar and Ian’s voice was in fine form. Obviously careful with some parts lowering the register which is beyond smart needless to say.

    Check out Steve at the end grabbing the usual picks/plectrums souvenirs for some who showed up.

    The majestic Count Basie Theater this Wednesday. Yeeeeeeow!


  29. 29
    Joe Crowley says:

    It was called Throwback Thursday, so they played their best hit from way back for America. If they played Hard Lovin Man ,no one except the die hard would have know it let alone Anything from Now What

  30. 30
    Joe Crowley says:

    I figured it was 22 years of playing Ritchies riffs

  31. 31
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Since they mentioned the two new live releases at the beginning, it was excellent PR IMO. It would have been even better though, if they had mentioned the new releases *after* SOTW, for the people who had the tv on in the background, heard a familiar song and then turned their attention to the tv.

  32. 32
    Ritchie Blackmore International Fan Club says:

    Smoke on the Water… Who could have been the composer of the riff? .How was your name? He was a such Ritchie Blackmore…

  33. 33
    robbo says:

    looking forward to Count Basie Theater also Ted!!

  34. 34
    gustavo says:

    Very nice, very nice!!!!!!!

  35. 35
    Troy Wickman says:

    You are correct, Joe.

  36. 36
    Joeyrenaldo says:

    Uh, a 5-minute performance? No wonder Ian G. couldn’t add ” turn up everything louder than everything else….”

  37. 37
    The Highway Star says:

    Yeah, who was really the composer of the riff? Good question. https://youtu.be/mw8qWT_LKBY?t=14s

  38. 38
    Sal says:

    Saw the performance live. Usual high standard from the band. Hopefully, this raises Deep Purple’s profile in the States. The USA is still a very large market for the music industry.

  39. 39
    John Victor Oetomo says:

    the easy and the most cheesy song ever made,……..dont pla yit at the guitar shop

  40. 40
    Jeff Summers says:

    @37 Good shout… I’ve heard this before, but was completely unaware of the song until recently. Ritchie normally blazenly admits it when one of his songs are “inspired” by another… Very dangerous as he could end up like Jimmy Page. I tend to think this is more subliminal than blatant, although it is undeniably the riff to “Smoke on the Water” Don’t take away Gillan and Glovers contribution though. The melody and lyrics are NOT ripped from anywhere.

  41. 41
    Ole says:

    Brilliant sound. Wonderfully played. What a thrill.

  42. 42
    Scott W says:

    @37 Coincidentally, the name of the LP with the smoke riff is ‘Look To The Rainbow’!!!

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