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Colin Burgess, AC/DC Founding Member and Drummer, Dead at 77

Colin Burgess, AC/DC Founding Member and Drummer, Dead at 77

Colin Burgess, an acclaimed Australian drummer and original AC/DC member in the early 1970s, has died at 77. The cause of death was not given. AC/DC confirmed the news of his passing through their official social media accounts.

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Colin Burgess,” the legendary rock band wrote on Instagram. “He was our first drummer and a very respected musician. Happy memories, rock in peace Colin,” AC/DC’s message concluded.

Fans flooded the comment section of the band’s post with grief, expressing heartfelt condolences and gratitude for the rocker’s invaluable contributions to the Australian rock group.

“Rest in power, Colin Burgess. Your thunderous beats paved the way for generations of rockers to come,” one fan wrote in the comments. “You’ll always be remembered as the heartbeat of AC/DC’s early years.”

“Rock and rest in peace brother. Thank you for all that energy,” another fan wrote. Finally, one fan commended Burgess for being “part of a generation of great musicians that kicked off the music industry in Australia.”

Colin Burgess was AC/DC’s Drummer When They Formed in 1973

AC/DC was originally formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1973. Burgess was a member of the original lineup, which also included brothers Malcolm Young and Angus Young, bassist Larry Van Kriedt, and lead singer Dave Evans.

Burgess was removed from the band due to reported drunken behavior on stage in 1974, according to Billboard. This happened just four months after he joined and two years before the group’s debut album, High Voltage, reached a global audience. However, Burgess did contribute as the drummer on the band’s debut single “Can I Sit Next to You, Girl.”

After his departure, the former drummer was succeeded by Phil Rudd. However, he later rejoined AC/DC for a series of performances in 1975, when Rudd experienced a hand injury.

After his tenure with AC/DC, Burgess ventured into the music scene with notable acts such as His Majesty, Good Time Charlie, and Dead Singer Band. Although he is not counted among the AC/DC members in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Rudd, Angus, Bon Scott, Brian Johnson, and Cliff Williams), Burgess was honored with induction into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to The Masters Apprentices.