The former bass player of AC/DC, Paul Matters, who’d struggled with the financial issues during his life, passed away on October 14, 2020, as it was reported by his close friend, Rod Wescombe, as well as AC/DC biographer, Jesse Fink.
The author of the acclaimed AC/DC biography, ‘Bon: The Last Highway,’ Jesse Fink, and a friend of Matters, Rod Wescombe, have recently revealed on their social media accounts the death of great bassist, who joined the band in 1975, after the recording of their debut album, ‘High Voltage.’
Paul Matters was sacked by the vocalist of the band, Bon Scott, several weeks after he started to play with them, and replaced by Mark Evans. Matters was recruited as AC/DC bass guitarist from Armageddon after parting ways with them in 1974 over what drummer Les Gully described to Jesse Fink as musical differences.
He was then fired from AC/DC, according to Gully, since he didn’t fit the values of the Young Brothers oligarchy. The drummer said about Matters that he was too pretty for a start and he didn’t really fit, had strong opinions, played what he liked.
Following his sacking by the band in 1975, Matters gave an interview to Fink for the book ‘Bon: The Last Highway,’ in which he claimed that he was a bit lazy and a bit cranky but did not have enough money to eat.
He also admitted that the management didn’t give them any money to buy food or anything. Matters quit music after his departure from AC/DC and sold his bass guitar. He lived on a disability pension for the rest of his life.
Here’s what the friend of Matters, whose name is Rod Wescombe, said in his Facebook statement about the bassist:
“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.”
The author of AC/DC biography, Jesse Fink, said in his recent tweet about the passing of Matters:
“Another former AC/DC musician has died: bassist Paul Matters. RIP, mate.”
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Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters.I first met Paul in 1973 when he was playing bass in "Armageddon…
— Jesse Fink (@JesseFink) October 14, 2020