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Old 12-08-2004, 11:22 PM   #233
Steve M.
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Red face 12/7/71 - Smoke On the Water (and Fire in the Sky)

Thrity-three years ago yesterday - December 7, 1971 - members of Deep Purple attended a Frank Zappa concert at the Montreux gambling casino on the Lake Geneva shoreline while recording the Machine Head album there with a mobile studio. Then, some stupid person with a flare gun - probably British shock rocker Arthur "I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE!" Brown - fired a flare at the bamboo roof, causing a major fire that burned the complex to the ground. Deep Purple escaped the pandemonium, retreated to an empty summer hotel nearby, and finished their album there - which included a song about their experiences in Montreux, Switzerland - "Smoke On the Water."

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