Classic Song Beginnings

Story behind Smoke on the Water:

When Frank Zappa and The Mothers took to the stage they began to perform their irreverent and intellectual music. Playful and poised, the set was a magical ride until the moment a deranged fan moved through the crowd and fired a flare gun at the band.

The venue’s heating system then exploded, starting a fire which would sadly leave several fans injured, the band’s equipment destroyed, and the venue in smouldering ruins. Though the injuries suffered by fans were tragic, it could have been so much worse. Yet it also saw the birth of one of the most famous songs ever written, Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’. The group were in Montreux ready to record their new album at the venue when the horrific events occurred.


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