Former AC / DC bassist Paul Matters has passed away.
Matters joined the band in 1975 after releasing their album High Voltage.
He replaced original bassist Larry Van Kriedt but was fired by late singer Bon Scott after just a few weeks.
Matters left the music after his brief stint with legendary Australian rockers and was quickly replaced by Mark Evans.
Matters’ death was announced on Facebook by his friend, Rod Wescombe, who said the musician had lived a “reclusive life in his later years” and his rock’n’roll lifestyle led to poor health at an advanced age.
“Shocked and sad to learn of the passing of Paul Matters,” he wrote.
Former AC / DC bassist Paul Matters has died after developing health issues related to his rock n roll lifestyle
‘I first met Paul in 1973 while playing bass in’ Armageddon ‘at a concert in Hamilton, Newcastle NSW
“When I lived in Toronto, he came by the house late to party and he loved to party.
‘At the end of ’75 after leaving AC / DC, we performed together in a unique band called’ Miss Australia Band ‘at a gig on a ferry on Macquarie Lake.
“I moved to Sunshine on the lake further south and Paul would drop by to relax whenever he was in the area.
“I remember he could always make me laugh when he was in the mood.
Matters only gave one interview after leaving AC / DC for the 2017 Bon Scott biography The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC / DC’s Back in the Black.
From left to right: Les Gully (drums / vocals) Steve Cowley (guitar) Peter De Jong (guitar / vocals) Paul Matters (bass / vocals)
Pictured are Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Paul Matters, Angus Young and Bon Scott in the band’s early years
Speaking about how he was sacked, Matters said: “Bon got out of the back of the truck and told me I wouldn’t be going back to Melbourne with them.
“We were in Sydney for a concert for schoolchildren. So I didn’t play that day. I just turned around and didn’t say a word to her. I turned and walked out.
Earlier this month, AC / DC announced their new album titled “PWRUP”.
The aging rockers uploaded a photo of the new album’s cover to Twitter confirming the return of lead guitarist Angus Young, 65, bassist Cliff Williams, 70, and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, 63.
Singer Brian Johnson, 72, who left the band in 2016 due to hearing problems, and drummer Phil Rudd, 66, who left the band in 2014 due to legal issues, are also on the show. blanket.
AC / DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust.
Brian’s hearing problems forced him to quit the band mid-tour in 2016.
He was temporarily replaced by Guns N ‘Roses frontman Axl Rose, who served as lead vocalist for the band’s remaining concerts.
Doctors had advised the leader to stop playing live or face the possibility of “total hearing loss”.
“It was the darkest day of my professional life,” Brian said of the diagnosis at the time.
AC / DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.
Following lead singer Bon Scott’s death from acute alcohol poisoning at the age of 33 in 1980, Brian Johnson was hired to replace him.
Rhythm guitarist Malcolm was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and retired to a retirement home in Sydney.
He died on November 18, 2017 at the age of 64.