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Right where it happened

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Deep Purple are performing again at the Montreux Jazz Festival this year on July 8, and the day before, on July 7 Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, and Roger Glover will be participating in a workshop event held by The Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation (MJAF).

If Montreux is known far and wide, it’s thanks in no small part to “Smoke on the Water”. This song is emblematic of our town and is considered to be the anthem of the Montreux Jazz Festival.

However, in the 70s, Montreux was not only known musically thanks to the Festival, as the Tourist Office organised concerts throughout the year under the name Super Pop.

In 1971, a crucial year, on the afternoon of 4 December, during a Frank Zappa concert, the Kursaal caught fire in front of the members of Deep Purple who had come to Montreux to record an album in the Rolling Stones’ mobile studio.

This is the story the members of Deep Purple will be telling us.

Who: Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, and Roger Glover;
What: Workshop by MJAF: Montreux Ville Créative;
When: Sunday, July 7, 2024, at 17:30;
Where: The Memphis stage, located inside the Lake House (a.k.a. Le Petit Palais) — the very venue where backing tracks for Smoke on the Water were recorded, before relocating to the Grand Hotel;
Tickets: free admission (as far as we can tell).

2 Comments to “Right where it happened”:

  1. 1
    Gregster says:


    Too-many-days have passed with no comments made about this extraordinary offer to meet & listen to the 3 x primary members of the band, (at least as far as time goes).

    You’d be crazy to miss an opportunity like this folks if you live near the area. See them while you can !

    Peace !

  2. 2
    Rock Voorne says:

    I do have memories of my visit there.
    During my last backpackers Interrailtrip.
    It was 1990, summer, hot and thus…..unlike when they recorded MH

    Crazy as I am I carried large bottles filled with milk with me.
    Sorry, dont ve a good explanation for it.

    Everything went ok untill travelling further on the train to Vienna, I think, I started drinking a beer.

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