Musicians mass in Kansas City to play Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of a song that was the first many of them ever learned.
The pickers, ranging from kindergartners to folks who were playing music long before a Cleveland disc jockey coined term “rock and roll” in 1951, played Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” a little after noon Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Some came from as far away as California and Germany to take part in a Kansas City radio station’s effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing a song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.