New world record for “Smoke on the Water”

Buh, ba, buh, bu, bu, bu, da, dum…

Yeah you know it, you learned to play guitar with it and now Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” will live on in infamy as 1,680 people played the song simultaneously for a Kansas City radio station promotion.

People turned up from as far away as California and Germany to help set a new Guinness World Record.

Tanna Guthrie, a morning show host for KYYS (99.7 FM), came up with the idea for the record attempt. She said her station will send participant sign-up lists, photos, videos and copies of media coverage to Guinness seeking official recognition of a record.

Guthrie said she chose “Smoke on the Water,” a track off Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” album, because it’s one of the first songs many guitarists learn.

“You never know if you can pull something like this off,” she said.

And pull it off they did Sunday afternoon!

But the best thing about the afternoon and the CNN article is this quote: “I thought it was going to be kind of cheesy,” said Hannah Koch, of Prairie Village, who came clad in an elf costume.[emphasis added] “But after I got here, I got caught up in the excitement of it.”

Um. So you dressed up in an elf costume beforehand not sure if you were going to get caught up in the excitement? What does Hannah do when whe she knows she’ll be excited?

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