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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.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.