Paul Matters dead: AC/DC bass guitarist who was fired by band dies

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Rod Wescombe, a friend of former AC/DC member Paul Matters, has announced the news of his death on Facebook. He said he was “shocked and sad” to hear about the bass guitarist’s passing as he shared his memories of the star.

“Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters,’ he began.

He added: “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.”

Paul joined the band as Larry Van Kriedt’s replacement in 1975 following the release of their High Voltage album.

He claimed he was fired by the band’s lead singer Bon Scott after just a few weeks.

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