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Deep Purple Premiere Official "Smoke on the Water" Video

Even though the song was recorded in December 1971, the Deep Purple gang have decided to finally issue an official music video for "Smoke on the Water."

The clip, which was directed by Robbie Newby, uses archival footage and photos. It also features the studio version of the song, from Machine Head, even though the live Made In Japan version was technically the (slightly) bigger chart hit.

Deep Purple — during the Machine Head era — featured Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice. Gillan, Glover and Paice are still in the band in 2014.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.