Burn (song)

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Deep Purple
publication February 1974
length 6:05 (album)
3:42 (single)
Genre (s) Heavy metal , speed metal , neoclassical metal
text David Coverdale
music Ritchie Blackmore , Jon Lord , Ian Paice
Label EMI Music (Europe)
Warner Bros. (USA, Japan)
album Burn
Cover version
2015 Whitesnake : The Purple Album

Burn (English for: " Brenne! ") Is a song by the British rock band Deep Purple . The fast, powerful and riff-heavy metal song from 1973 was released the following year as an opener on the studio album of the same name Burn . An abridged version was also released as a single in the US and Japan. Burn is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Speed ​​Metal and Power Metal genre, as well as Neoclassical Metal . Ultimate Classic Rock magazine listed Burn at # 7 in the Top 10 Deep Purple Songs . The song is also part of Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock from 2010.


The song fuses Deep Purple's riff-heavy hard rock style and their classic influences, which are revealed in Jon Lord's organ solos. The riff used for Burn is a version of the classic Smoke on the Water, expanded by a few nuances . For his musical compositions, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore wanted new singer David Coverdale to write lyrics about “knights in shining armor, demonology and mythological heroes”. Coverdale still had some problems with that; the eighth version of the text then fit for this, now the song was no longer called "Take Me Down the Road" as it was originally, but just Burn . This can burn as one of the first for the, popular in the 1980s, Fantasy are -Rock.

Live performances

Burn succeeded the previous concert opener Highway Star . Burn had its first performance on December 8, 1973 in Aarhus, Denmark. The song is also part of the California Jam recorded the following year . For almost two years, until their last concert in March 1976 and the subsequent breakup of the band, Burn was used as the opening track of their live concerts. When Deep Purple reunited in 1984, all song material from the "Coverdale Hughes era" (Deep Purple Mark III and IV) was banned from the group's live set. Only in Deep Purple's short time with singer Joe Lynn Turner between 1989 and 1991 Burn was reintroduced into the live program as an opener in 1991.

After Ritchie Blackmore's departure from Deep Purple and the subsequent reunion of Rainbow , Burn was also included in the live program there. David Coverdale's band Whitesnake and Glenn Hughes still perform the song today.

Cover versions

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Highway Star: Deep Purple Vinyl Singles Bar
  2. metal archives. Deep Purple, "Burn"
  3. Ultimate Classic Rock, Top 10 Deep Purple Songs
  4. Jürgen Roth and Michael Sailer: Deep Purple, the story of a band . Verlagsgruppe Koch GmbH / Hannibal, 2005. pp. 241–242
  5. Royal Albert Hall: Celebrating John Lord ( Memento of the original dated February 12, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.royalalberthall.com