Who is Paul Matters? Paul Matters Bio/Wiki
In 1975, Paul Matters was a bassist for the Australian rock band AC/DC, joining the group after their debut album High Voltage was released. Several weeks after joining the group, he was sacked by lead singer Bon Scott and replaced by Mark Evans.
Before breaking ways with the band in 1974, Matters was the bassist of Newcastle band Armageddon over what drummer Les Gully called “musical discrepancies” to AC / DC biographer Jesse Fink. AC/DC recruited Matters and played live on tour in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney, but did not participate in the recording of the band’s debut album, for which George Young replaced him on bass, and was then sacked from the band.
Matters, according to Gully “didn’t fit the values of the Young [brothers] oligarchy. … He didn’t really fit, had strong opinions and sensitivity, and played just what he liked.” Following his sacking by AC/DC in 1975, Matters gave only one press 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: “I didn’t have any food in my stomach. They [management] didn’t give us any money to buy food or anything.” Following his departure from AC / DC in 1975, Matters left music. For the remainder of his life, he lived on a disability pension.
A friend, Rod Wescombe, wrote on Facebook: “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.
— Paul (@gnrfanboy) October 15, 2020
10/14/20 Former AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has died.
He joined AC/DC during the band’s 1st Australian tour, promoting the album High Voltage.
Matters quit music after his departure from AC/DC in 1975 and sold his bass guitar. pic.twitter.com/rorlLgJUoN
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