A Wayward Word's Worth

February 12, 2012

Deep Purple’s blazing glory

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 1:54 pm

From Smoke on the Water to waking nightmares, bassist Roger Glover details metal pioneers’ hazy inspirations. By Kyle Mullin for Newfoundland’s The Telegram, Winter 2012

While dreaming up “Smoke on the Water,” Roger Glover wasn’t so much inspired as terrified.

“I just woke up saying it to an empty room, with my eyes still closed. Then I kind of opened my eyes and the words were somehow hanging in the air, and I thought, ‘did I say something out loud?’” the bassist for British heavy rockers Deep Purple says of the drowsy utterance that would define his career.

Frontman Ian Gillan turned Glover’s brief, nightmarish mantra into a lyric and song title which, along with Ritchie Blackmore’s throbbing, instantly recognizable riff, became the most smouldering tune of the 1970s.

Today, Deep Purple’s biggest hit is seen as one of hard rock’s signature early songs. But the destruction that birthed it threatened the very lives of some of pop music’s biggest names.

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http://www.thetelegram.com/Arts—Life/Entertainment/2012-01-30/article-2879737/Deep-Purple-hits-the-stage-at-Mile-One/1

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