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Guttenberg requests Deep Purple send-off
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Guttenberg requests Deep Purple send-off

Published: 10 Mar 2011 16:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Mar 2011 16:16 GMT+01:00

Germany's former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg plans to leave office with characteristic flair on Thursday night. The aristocratic rock fan has requested Deep Purple’s classic song “Smoke on the Water” be played at his military send-off ceremony.

A spokesperson for the Bundeswehr’s elite military brass band confirmed to daily Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine that the legendary guitar riff from the 1972 hit would be played between two classic marches.

Guttenberg, a baron known for his love of hard rock group AC/DC, will be honoured for his service to the German military during the ceremony, known as a Zapfenstreich.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to attend the heavy metal affair, which also traditionally includes servicemen carrying torches. But other politicians will be conspicuously absent, including Education Minister Annette Schavan, who said she had been “embarrassed” by the plagiarism scandal that brought him down.

The 39-year-old isn’t the first outgoing politician to request an unexpected tune at a Zapfenstreich - one of the German military’s highest honours.

In 2005 former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said his goodbye with Frank Sinatra’s "My Way," while former President Horst Köhler took leave of his duties to the tune of William Hardy’s “St. Louis Blues.”

Conservative Christian Social Union member Guttenberg resigned from his cabinet post on March 1 following allegations that he plagiarized large portions of his doctoral dissertation.

Guttenberg was replaced by Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, whose post was filled by CSU member Hans-Peter Friedrich.

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16:43 March 10, 2011 by dcgi
I would have thought Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing, would have been more appropriate.
16:55 March 10, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
I like the way you think, dcgi...

here's my runners-up:

2) Die Prinzen - Alles Nur Geklaut

3) Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal

4) The Clash - I Fought The Law (And The Law Won)

...and perhaps my personal favorite:

5) The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

17:05 March 10, 2011 by Fritzi
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18:35 March 10, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Well, you've got some good picks there,

but I'm going to have to defer to Bob Dylan on this one,

"You've gone to the finest school all right, Dr. Google

But you know you only used to get juiced in it

And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street

And now you find out you're going to have to get used to it

You said you'd never compromise

With the mystery tramp, but now you realize

He's not selling any alibis

As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes

And ask him, "Do you want to make a deal?"

Like a Rolling Stone
18:55 March 10, 2011 by norfolkboy
Was wir alleiner nicht schaffen den schaffen wir ganz zusammen (naido?)
19:43 March 10, 2011 by idiot
Why not this one: http://tinyurl.com/497w3mn
20:32 March 10, 2011 by wood artist
Just like Dumbledore, the man has class. He's got some other problems, but damn, he's got class.

06:37 March 11, 2011 by authun
State occasion + Deep Purple = Classy?!?
09:11 March 11, 2011 by Nemesis
Deep Purple.

Now there is some music we can march to:)

For the troops themselves, I would suggest Rammstein and Helloween:)
14:54 March 11, 2011 by Jollyjack
Brass band? No a military band is NOT a brass band. It's a wind orchestra.
15:06 March 11, 2011 by rjones857
Deep Purple's "smoke on the water" that is right up there with listening to a 20-mm sniper rifle firing,music to my ears... A little extreme, perhaps, but music non-the-less...
15:24 March 11, 2011 by snaark
Smoke on the Water is perfectly appropriate: his political career and credibility have gone the same way as the hotel in the song.
20:44 March 11, 2011 by randyman1956
I don't think we've seen the last of Guttenberg on the political scene. He would make a colorful Chancellor. Like the old saying goes, "When One Door Closes Another One Opens" Oh Yea, before I forget, it was Alexander Graham Bell who said that. I wouldn't want to get nailed for plagiarism.
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