Famous Australian Drummers

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 1 Phil Rudd

Phil Rudd
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Famous As: Drummer, best known as the drummer of AC/DC across three stints
Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 2 Nick Cave

Nick Cave
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warracknabeal
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 

 3 Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

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 4 Paul Hester

Paul Hester
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Famous As: Former Drummer and Co-founder of Crowded House
Birthdate: January 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 26, 2005

 5 Ashton Irwin

Ashton Irwin
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Famous As: Drummer, Singer
Birthdate: July 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hornsby

Ashton Irwin is an Australian musician and singer-songwriter best known for his association with the famous pop-rock band, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS). In 2020, he was adjudged the third-Best Rock Drummers In The World Right Now by the popular music website, MusicRadar. Over the years, Ashton Irwin has been vocal about his struggles with substance abuse and alcoholism.

 6 Jon Farriss

Jon Farriss
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Birthdate: August 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth

 7 Virgil Donati

Virgil Donati
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Famous As: Drummer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne

Virgil Donati is an Australian musician, composer, drummer, and producer. He is often counted among the most technically advanced drummers. A multi-talented personality, Virgil Donati is also proficient at the keyboard; his skills as a piano player are evident in his album The Dawn of Time.

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 8 Rob Hirst

Rob Hirst
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camden, Australia

 9 Steve Prestwich

Steve Prestwich
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Famous As: Drummer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 16, 2011

 10 Peter Jones

Peter Jones
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: April 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: May 18, 2012

 11 John Murphy

John Murphy
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Famous As: drummer
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Died: October 11, 2015

 12 Jon Coghill

Jon Coghill
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: August 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nambour, Australia

 13 Dave Galafassi

Dave Galafassi
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Dave Galafassi is an Australian drummer best known for his association with the now-defunct pop rock band, Gelbison. Dave Galafassi played an instrumental role in the success of the rock band before its disbandment in 2007. He is currently an important member of the band Toni Collette & the Finish.