AC/DC’s Original Drummer, Colin Burgess, Passes Away at 77

Colin Burgess, the original drummer for famous rock band AC/DC, has passed away at the age of 77. The news of his death was confirmed via the band’s official Instagram account, where a statement honoring Burgess was shared. The statement described Burgess as the band’s first drummer and a highly respected musician, and expressed sadness at his passing. However, no further details about his death have been released at this time.

Burgess joined AC/DC in 1973 along with Dale Evans, Angus Young, and Michael Young. During his time with the band, he was featured on their debut song, “Can I Sit Next To You, Girl.” However, his tenure with AC/DC was short-lived, as he was reportedly fired in 1974 due to playing while intoxicated. He was replaced by Phil Rudd, but Burgess did briefly return in 1975 to fill in for Rudd, who had suffered an injury at the time.

Before joining AC/DC, Burgess was a drummer for the Australian rock group, Masters Apprentices. He also played with other bands such as His Majesty, Good Time Charlie, and Dead Singer Band. While Burgess was not included in AC/DC’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was recognized for his contributions to The Masters Apprentices and inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame.

The passing of Colin Burgess has saddened fans and the music community, with many expressing their condolences and reflecting on his impact as a musician. His legacy and contributions to the rock music scene will not be forgotten, and he will be remembered for his role in shaping the early days of AC/DC and his influence on Australian rock music as a whole.

As the music world mourns the loss of Colin Burgess, fans and fellow musicians are paying tribute to his talent and the mark he left on the industry. Though he may not have achieved the same level of recognition as some of his bandmates, his impact on AC/DC’s early years and his influence on Australian rock music is undeniable. Burgess’ contributions will continue to be celebrated and remembered by fans and music historians alike.

The passing of Colin Burgess is a reminder of the lasting impact that musicians have on the music industry and the legacies they leave behind. As the rock community mourns his loss, his memory will live on through his music and the indelible mark he left on the world of rock and roll. May he rest in peace.


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