Houses Of The Holy:
Casino de Montreux Montreux Switzerland
You know the song Smoke On The Water? This is where it happened at:
This song took inspiration from a fire in the Casino at Montreux Switzerland on December 4, 1971. The band was going to record their Machine Head
album there right after a Frank Zappa concert, but someone fired a
flare gun at the ceiling during Zappa’s show, which set the place on
Deep Purple was in the audience for the show, and lead singer Ian Gillan recalls two flares being shot by someone sitting behind him which landed in the top corner of the building and quickly set it ablaze. Zappa stopped the show and helped ensure an orderly exit. Deep Purple watched the blaze from a nearby restaurant, and when the fire died down, a layer of smoke had covered Lake Geneva, which the casino overlooked. This image gave bass player Roger Glover the idea for a song title: “Smoke On The Water,” and Gillan wrote the lyric about their saga recording the Machine Head album.