The Original AC/DC Drummer, Colin Burgess, Passes Away At 77

The Australian drummer Colin Burgess, who joined AC/DC as a founding member in the early 1970s hard rock group, passed away, as the band announced on social media. He was 77.

Late on Friday, the band’s official Facebook page posted an unsigned message that read, “Very sad to hear of the passing of Colin Burgess.” “He was our first drummer and a very respected musician. Happy memories, rock in peace Colin.”

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But the cause of his death remains unidentified. In November 1973, Burgess was brought in to assist in the formation of AC/DC alongside bassist Larry Van Kriedt, lead vocalist Dave Evans, and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young’s brother, Angus.

Alleging that he was inebriated while performing, the band dismissed Burgess in February 1974. However, he subsequently claimed that his drink had been tampered with. So, over the course of three different stints with the band, which is still touring in its sixth decade, his replacement, Phil Rudd went on to become the most renowned drummer of AC/DC.

Later on, though, when Bon Scott was AC/DC’s lead singer, Burgess made appearances with the band. Prior to joining AC/DC, Burgess was a member of the Australian rock band The Masters Apprentices, who were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame in 1998.

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