This Year's Montreux Festival Bittersweet For Deep Purple
"The Montreux Jazz Festival is always a special occasion but this time tainted by the lack of Claude Nobs, whose personality dominated the event," writes Glover. "What a legacy he's left us. Even so, the concert was most enjoyable for us and the atmosphere was electric."
Nobs, who founded the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, suffered a fall while practising cross-country skiing during the Christmas holidays, and passed away on January 10th, 2013 at the age of 76.
Nobs earned himself a mention as "funky Claude", who rescues children in Deep Purple's 1972 classic "Smoke On The Water". The song is about a fire that burned down the Montreux Casino, where the festival was held, during a Frank Zappa concert in 1971. more on this story
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