Deep Purple's Ian Gillan to Sing 'Smoke on the Water' Backed by Over 1000 Guitarists

Singer will be part of world record attempt.

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Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan will join over a thousand of guitarists for a run through of "Smoke on the Water" at the 2014 Guitars on the Beach event in Lyme Regis, UK.

As HenneMusic reports, the event, which takes place on September 6th, will see an attempted made for the world record of most guitarists playing a song together at the same time. According to organizer Geoff Baker, Ian Gillan contacted him personally to ask if he could help out with the event:

"I hear you might be doing Smoke with the massed guitars and, if that is the case," wrote Gillan, "I thought I'd offer my services if you need a singer."

"My jaw hit the floor," says Baker. "This is sensational news."

"Clearly 'Smoke on the Water' will now be the main event for many," explains Baker. "It's the classic guitar riff and not difficult to play. Massed guitar bands in America, Germany, Canada and Poland have all had a crack at the world record playing Smoke - but none of them has ever been led by Ian Gillan before.

"This is going to be amazing, and many more people will now want to take part," he added. "It's quite something to write home about, that you once played with Ian Gillan in a band with thousands of guitarists."

19 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Watch out, if Zakk Wylde shows up he is going to use pinch harmonics and squeals all of time.
    Make sure Kerry King isnt involved.He doesnt do other bands songs.I wonder how it will turn out.
    This is the best thing I've ever heard. I love how this guy isn't pretentious and doesn't take his music too seriously. Have fun with it!
    There already was a Deep Purple world record in Poland in 2008 or 2009 and Steve Morse was the guest star... Deep Purple played a gig that day... and guess what, the record song was Smoke on the Water...
    There's a lot of ways to play this simple riff, I hope everybody keeps to the same thing and doesn't try to out do eachother with overplaying or doing it in some sort of alternate key