Paul Matters who was best known as the former AC/DC bass guitarist has died according to his close friend Rod Wescombe. Paul had replaced original bassist Larry Van Kriedt in the rock band in 1975.
In a statement to his Facebook about Paul’s death Mr Wescombe wrote: “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.
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“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.
The statement went on to talk of how Paul lived a recluse life after his stint in the band.
“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 off in his later years and his early rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle led to ailing health.
“He will be missed by all who knew him. R.I.P Mr Paul Matters…”
But in 2017, he gave his only interview which was featured in Bon Scott’s biography The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in the Black.
Talking of his departure from the band he said: “Bon got out of the back of the truck and told me I wasn’t going back to Melbourne with them.
“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.”
After news of his death came, many fans have payed tribute to the late guitarist.
One fan wrote: “RIP Paul Matters. What a loss.”