After gracing the stage with various bands over the years, Colin Burgess eventually found himself among the ranks of the newly formed AC/DC in 1973. His contribution to their debut single, “Can I Sit Next To You, Girl,” played a pivotal role in the band’s journey to becoming one of the world’s most iconic hard rock acts. Recognizing their influence, MTV even ranked them seventh on their list of Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All Time. Despite his relatively brief stint with the band, AC/DC and fans united in paying tribute to Burgess following the news of his passing at the age of 77.
AC/DC took to social media to share the news with their followers, posting a poignant picture of Burgess and acknowledging him as one of the founding members of the band. The caption 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.”
Earning thousands of likes, fans of Burgess and AC/DC flooded the comment sections with love and support. One heartfelt message read, “He’s in great company in heaven right now. I look forward to his heavenly shows when I too leave this life. God bless and all my sympathies to each of his loved ones. Cheers to all of you meeting up again one day after you leave this life to join him.” Another fan added, “RIP Colin Burgess. Thanks for the memories. You’ll be missed.”
Additional comments poured in, expressing the sentiment of the sad occasion. One fan shared, “Sad times indeed… He was another legend for such an incredible band. Will truly be missed… Rest in peace, Burgess.” Another commenter offered condolences, saying, “RIP Colin, prayers & thoughts to his family and friends & AC/DC.” A poignant remark reflected on the broader context of end-of-the-year losses, stating, “These end-of-the-year deaths are always so overwhelming. RIP Colin Burgess ❤️. What a legend.”
As mentioned earlier, Burgess joined AC/DC in 1973, but in February 1974, he was dismissed from the band amid allegations of being intoxicated during a performance. Despite parting ways with the group, Burgess vehemently denied being drunk on stage and even suggested that someone may have spiked his drink.
While AC/DC fans mourned Burgess’s passing, some expressed surprise that the band acknowledged the drummer. One fan remarked, “I’m surprised AC/DC even acknowledged this. They usually don’t like to talk about ex-band members. Rest in peace. ‘Can I Sit Next to You Girl’ is a great song that started it all!”