Former AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has died, with a friend describing him as having ‘ailing health’ following his ‘rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.’
The rockstar joined the band in 1975, after the recording of their album High Voltage.
However, he was fired by Bon Scott just weeks later, being replaced by Mark Evans.
A friend, Rod Wescombe, wrote on Facebook: ‘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…..’
Paul began his career as the bassist of Newcastle band Armageddon, with the star leaving the band in 1974.
While he didn’t record on AC/DC’s debut album, he performed with the band in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney on tour.
After his departure from the band, he retired from music in 1975.
Paul previously opened up about his departure from the band in the book The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in the Black.
‘Bon got out of the back of the truck and told me I wasn’t going back to Melbourne with them,’ he said.
‘We were up in Sydney doing a concert for school kids. So I didn’t play that day. I just turned around and didn’t say a word to him. I turned around and walked out.’
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