Here’s a cool video version of Deep Purple’s Rock classic song Smoke on the Water (based on a true story) performed by Japanese ancient and modern musicians. It starts off with someone playing a shamisen. via Beyond Robson.
I still remember one guy I knew in high school playing Smoke on the Water just outside school during class with an amp so the whole school could hear it. We enjoyed it, not sure what they did to him.
Here’s 1683 people playing it playing in Kansas City june 3rd 2007 for the Guiness World Record. Playing starts at 1 min 58 sec. Apparently the previous record was 1,323 people held in my hometown, Vancouver in 1994. Maybe we need another shot at it?
Here’s Deep Purple’s live Version