Previous AC/DC bass guitarist Paul Issues has died.
Matters was briefly in the band in 1975 though recording the album, “Substantial Voltage.” He was replaced by Mark Evans just weeks later apparently at the request of Bon Scott, the band’s direct vocalist.
Matters’ pal Rod Westcome disclosed his demise on Facebook. He wrote, “Stunned and unfortunate to hear of the passing of Paul Matters. I 1st met Paul in 1973 when he was taking part in bass in ‘Armageddon’ at a gig in Hamilton, Newcastle N.S.W. When I was dwelling in Toronto he would drop into the property in the late hours to occasion and he liked to party.”
“In late ’75 soon after he departed AC/DC we played together in a just one off band named ‘Miss Australia Band’ at a gig on a ferry on Lake Macquarie,” he ongoing.
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“I moved to Sunshine on the lake more south and Paul would fall in to chill any time he was in the place. I remember he could usually make me giggle when he was in the mood. After leaving New South Wales I lost get in touch with with him as did lots of other persons in excess of the decades. From all reports he lived a reclusive lifetime in his later on many years and his early rock n’ roll existence model led to ailing health. He will be missed by all who knew him,” Westcome concluded.
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Matters’ trigger of demise is mysterious.
He reportedly led a reclusive life in Australia and only spoke about his time in AC/DC to creator Jesse Fink.
In Fink’s 2017 reserve “Bon: The Final Highway,” Issues admitted, “I was only with them a small time. I did the Large Voltage tour close to Australia.”
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He also recalled how Scott fired him.
“He acquired out the again of a truck… and he informed me I was not heading back to Melbourne with them. We ended up up in Sydney carrying out a live performance for schoolkids. So I did not play that working day. I just turned all over and did not say a term to him. I turned all around and walked out,” he claimed.
Reps for the band failed to straight away return Fox News’ request for comment.