No matter what we get out of this, I know, I know we'll never forget
March 29, 2011 11:03 AM Subscribe
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"Smoke on the Water
", as performed by Germany's military brass band and Berlins guard battalion, part of the farewell to German defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.
Guttenberg resigned from his position after it was found that he had plagiarized parts of his doctoral dissertation (covered previously
As part of his Großer Zapfenstreich
"), Guttenberg requested a song by AC/DC be included, but the head conductor of the military band said that request “just totally breaks the mold of our music styles,” and substituted Deep Purple instead.
Guttenberg is not the first person to request a specific song in this formal farewell
-- 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
It appears that much of this recent ceremony is on YouTube (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
), but it seems to be from a German TV station, without English translation or text.