Zappa & Smoke on the Water::Great moments in rock history

On the 4th of December 1971, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention were performing at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland. In the midst of Don Preston’s keyboard solo on “King Kong,” flames erupted everywhere. There is some dispute as to whether the cause was a flare gun, bottle rocket, or roman candle set off by a fan. Regardless, the fire destroyed all of Zappa’s band’s equipment. Conveniently at the same time, the band Deep Purple had set up camp at Montreux to record their new album, and were in attendance at the fiery performance, which inspired them to write and record one of rock’s most iconic songs – “Smoke on the water.”

we all know Smoke on the Water, but check out some 1971 Zappa:
Frank Zappa & The Mothers – Call Any Vegetable

Frank Zappa & The Mothers – Groupie Routine/Happy Together

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