initially departing the English hard rock Ritchie Blackmore has announce to Leave Deep Purple….

Deep Purple’s legendary hard rock hit, “Smoke On The Water,” was famously inspired by a fire at Montreux Jazz Festival’s casino during a Frank Zappa concert in 1971. Deep Purple were in Montreux recording their album, Machine Head, and the fire forced the band out of their hotel rooms, with the smoke from the blaze becoming the impetus for their song. On Monday night, Deep Purple returned to the site of that fateful incident and played a historic show at Montreux Jazz Festival on their brand-new Lake Stage. As the band played the instantly-recognizable riff of “Smoke On The Water,” the curtain at the back of the stage lifted, revealing Lake Geneva fittingly covered in smoke.

Bassist Roger Glover recalled the fire at a press conference: “It burned all afternoon, all evening, all through the night. We went and looked at it the next morning and there it was, gone. It was a frightening thing.” (Blabbermouth)

And why did the influential guitarist do it not once but twice, initially departing the English hard rock band in 1975 before returning around 10 years later, ultimately leaving again in 1993?

It’s a question untold Deep Purple fans have pondered, given Blackmore’s importance to the band from their founding in 1968. After all, we’re talking about the musician who wrote the unforgettable guitar riff to the perennial classic rock staple “Smoke on the Water” here.

Blackmore’s first stint in Deep Purple lasted until June 1975 — considered Mark I–Mark III of the band’s lineup — and he appeared on the group’s first nine studio albums. After that, he founded Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the band name then simplified to Rainbow, with whom he released seven records between 1975 and 1983.

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