Proof that the most potentially dire circumstances could provide the basis for some of the greatest riffs in rock and roll rests with the fine gentlemen in Deep Purple. They are releasing a new book next year (along with a new album) that dives into the genesis behind ‘Smoke on the Water’.
As Roger Glover, Ian Gillan and Ian Paice discuss in this interview, the springboard for ‘Smoke on the Water’ was borne out of some idiot who decided to blast a flare during a Frank Zappa/ Mothers of Invention concert,…
Shortly thereafter, Ritchie Blackmore came up with the signature riff.
Other of my favorite ubiquitously awesome riffs include ‘Enter Sandman’,..
,…and what may be my favorite of these riffs, courtesy of Led Zeppelin uber-legend Jimmy Page. Not sure what is the story is behind this one, but it’s cool to see the smiles on the faces of The Edge and Jack White watching Jimmy play it.
How about you? What are your favorite u-rock-quitous riffs?