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Smoke on the Water video

It took only 42 years, but finally Smoke on the Water now has an official video:

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

26 Comments to “Smoke on the Water video”:

  1. 1
    kraatzy says:

    But not in Germany … 🙁



  2. 2
    Jirka Hroch says:

    Hmmm, good work 🙂

  3. 3
    Scott W. says:

    Are my eyes deceiving me or is that footage of the Machine Head sessions at 4:20 and earlier also??!!?

  4. 4
    Roberto Guerrini says:

    Good…. very good!!!

  5. 5
    Maurice James Girvan says:

    Excellent! Now it can be ‘re-released 🙂

  6. 6
    purpledaniel says:

    All right
    It is in fact an interesting clip.
    I can recognize various video surces, that have appeared in some way before:

    Copenhagen 1972
    Hofstra 1973
    Japan 1972
    Hamburg 1970
    Fireball writing sessions
    and glimpses of what I beleive are Montreux 1971 (floating around in youtube for some time now) and pop deux 1970

    However, there is also studio footage from what I beleive is Musicland 1975 Come Taste teh Band recording sessions and, as a matetr of fact, the actual recording sessions of Machine Head. There was a post a while ago in the DP Overseas facebook page stating that 8 mm video of the recording of Machine head was rumoured to exist…maybe they really found this footage!

  7. 7
    Alan says:

    Wow – how much more footage is around?

  8. 8
    Kim Peters says:


  9. 9
    Scott W. says:

    Good trainspotting! I recognised all that as well (with added smoke effect of course). The ‘Musicland’ footage is just a clip from the PAL Lifespan documentary. Does anyone else know more info on the Machine Head sessions footage? Duration, with sound or not?

  10. 10
    John Michael Trott says:

    What’s the point now. There over the hill. There all living off jon and ritchies achievements. Its about time to call it a day lads. Especially mr gillan. Im afraid his voice has now gone. Bring in glenn Hughes to sing..

  11. 11
    Drdp says:

    Mash-up of Historic footage. Nice!

  12. 12
    Roberto says:

    PAL sessions too.

  13. 13
    Åke Nordh says:

    John Trott..Listen to the latest album….And then,stop Whining……And as for Gillan,if you was 68-years of age,how would you sound….Bagger of Troll! 🙁

  14. 14
    fozzie says:

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  15. 15
    purpledaniel says:


    thanks Scott for the PAl footage clarification…Yes I also thought it coud have been PAL footage. In the Phoenix Rising DVD however there are more clips of what I beleive is DP Mk IV in the studio…
    I could only find 2 little pieces of “evidence” of Machine Head sessions footage, both from the DP (O) facebook: one post stating that footage from that sessions were rumoured to exist, the other post stating that a new documentary about the album was being prepared by EDEL.
    Nothing more though.

  16. 16
    nupsi59 says:

    A few years ago I made a Video on SOTW using footage from

    Hofstra ’73 concert
    Classic albums DVD
    A Journey in Rock DVD

    and put it on youtube.

    Here’s the link:


    Enjoy and have a nice day!

  17. 17
    Scott W. says:

    Upon further viewing and contacting a few well known DP related authors/contributors and getting their opinions, it seems that the Machine Head session clips are faked. I wish that this was not the case as i got quite excited by it myself! I’m still not 100% sure that they are fake, but it appears someone went thru the trouble to make Didi Zill’s photos appear to move! There is even a color clip that lasts for 1 second of ‘someone’ playing a Strat, but his finger technique does not seem to look like RB’s technique. I could be wrong…? If anyone else care’s enough to comment I welcome their input!

  18. 18
    purpledaniel says:

    Scott, the footage appears as really moving to me as well. In the first seconds of the clip, you see Paice wearing the red t shirt with the rainbow across it that he was using in the time of Mk IV. ALso Martin Birch is there, and that is why I beleived it was footage from Mk IV in Musicland.,
    In the footage section starting at around 4:20, I beleive I can see Paice moving his arms while drumming. Like you, I’m still not 100% sure that they are fake. Plus, we have the statement from the DP (O) itself that I mentioned in my earlier posts. The section of Gillan captured from behind while working on lyrics is quite real as well. The problem is that the scenes last for less than a second in most cases, so it is difficult to see real movement.

  19. 19
    purpledaniel says:

    At 4:44, the “camera” is lifting and changing pointing angle, revealing details behind Gillan´s notebook. I think there is the prrof that the footage or maybe a restagement is real.

  20. 20
    MacGregor says:

    If there wasn’t an ‘official’ video clip released back in the day, how can one turn up now? A ‘lost’ tape perhaps, stolen or maybe a record company holding onto it? I am not even going to watch this at all! I have never known of a video clip for this song ever, period! It does make you wonder. Cheers.

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    It is mostly material from Scandinavian Nights 🙁

  22. 22
    Rob says:

    Great video.

    Can anyone clarify at last: In what hotel was Machine Head recorded?
    In the video they show the Palace Hotel, I thought it was the Suisse Majestic, further down the road.

    Please anyone advice! Thanks

    p.s.: I met Steve Morse at the Palace, they stayed there during the last concert at Montreux Jazz.

  23. 23
    Scott W. says:


    We ended up at the “Grand Hotel”,
    It was empty cold and bare….

  24. 24
    Nigel Young says:

    Rob, Machine Head was recorded at the Grand Hotel in nearby Territet, the building is opposite the first railway station to the east of Montreux. It was converted to apartments in the nineties. If you listen closely as IG introduces When A Blind Man Cries during the Montreux ’96 DVD, you’ll hear him discussing it with Jon.
    1904: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/817Q1WoKbKL._SL1500_.jpg
    2008: https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t1.0-9/2303_62295650907_5665_n.jpg

  25. 25
    Nigel Young says:

    The Montreux ’71 footage is faked. Although b&w CCTV monitors were used by Martin Birch, no film was loaded.

  26. 26
    purpledaniel says:

    Nigel are you 100% sure?
    The DP(O) said a few years ago that 8mm footage is rumoured to exist. I´m not an expert, but I think CCTV is not 8mm. Or was it?

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