Former AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has sadly passed away. The musician, who also previously performed in Armaggedon, joined AC/DC in 1975 following the recording of “High Voltage.” However, he was reportedly fired by the late Bon Scott several weeks later.
Matters’ friend Rod Wescombe commented:
“Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters.
I first met Paul in 1973 when he was playing bass in “Armageddon” at a gig in Hamilton,Newcastle N.S.W..
When I was living in Toronto he would drop into the house in the late hours to party and he loved to party.
In late ’75 after he departed AC/DC we played together in a one off band called ‘Miss Australia Band’ at a gig on a ferry on Lake Macquarie.
I moved to Sunshine on the lake further south and Paul would drop in to chill whenever he was in the area.
I recall he could always make me laugh when he was in the mood.
After leaving New South Wales I lost contact with him as did many other people over the years.
From all reports he lived a reclusive life in his later years and his early rock n’ roll life style led to ailing health.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
R.I.P. Mr. Paul Matters…..🎸”
Jesse Fink, author of the book “Bon: The Last Highway,” also tweeted the following: