More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" — a song that was the first many of them ever learned.Reminds me of a gig I put together when I was an undergraduate student: Nearly 4 hours of player after player jamming Louie, Louie. A stage on the Long Walk. A bright, brisk, spring day. And dozens of band members joining, and leaving, the jam for an entire afternoon.
Some came from as far away as California and Germany on Sunday to take part in a Kansas City radio station's effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing the same song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.
And we did it for the fun, not some external reward like a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.