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Yahoo Map of Smoke on the water - Firedisaster in Montreux

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In december 4th. 1971 during a concert by Frank Zappa a fire occured. Zappa shouted "FIRE" but the audience thaught it was a part of the gig. Someone had lit the ceiling with a flare-gun. The casino burned down.

At the concert were also the band Deep Purple who had in mind to make their 1972 released LP "Machine Head" at the casino. But they had to go to a closed down hotel nearby, Grand Hotel.

After this fire accident the famous Deep Purple hit, Smoke on the water, was made.

Here are the lyrics to their famous song:

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didnt have much time
Frank zappa and the mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

They burned down the gambling house
It died with an awful sound
Funky claude was running in and out
Pulling kids out the ground
When it all was over
We had to find another place
But swiss time was running out
It seemed that we would lose the race
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

We ended up at the grand hotel
It was empty cold and bare
But with the rolling truck stones thing just outside
Making our music there
With a few red lights and a few old beds
We make a place to sweat
No matter what we get out of this
I know well never forget
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky.

The casino was reopened in 1975.


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