Paul Matters, fleeting former AC / DC bassist, has died

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The musician was part of the band after the album was released High Voltage, was fired by Bon Scott and replaced by Mark Evans.

The Australian Bass Player Paul Matters, who had a fleeting stay as member of AC / DC, died this Wednesday, October 14, after years of ostracism away from music, according to a friend of the musician.

As Rod Wescombe published on his facebook, quoted by the British newspaper Daily MailMatters had had a lonely life “in recent years” and that his health had suffered from ailments due to his young “rock and roll” life.

After the group founded by the brothers Malcolm and Angus Young editaran High VoltageIn 1975, Matters joined the group in replacement of Larry Van Kriedt, but the adventure would last a few weeks.

As the bassist himself recounted a few years ago for Bon Scott’s biographical book, it was the vocalist who expelled him of the group in the middle of the tour that year. And it wasn’t just once.

“Bon got out of the back of the truck and told me that he would not go back to Melbourne with them. We were in Sydney for a concert and I didn’t play that day. I turned around and didn’t say a word to him. I turned around and walked out“Matters stated.

Prior to joining the ranks of AC / DC, Matters had been the bassist for the Newcastle band Armageddon, until he parted ways with the group in 1974 over what drummer Les Gully described to AC / DC biographer Jesse Fink as ” musical differences “. So Matters was hired by AC / DC and performed live for the tour in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

Matters had not participated in the recording of the group’s debut album, for which he was replaced on bass by George Young, and was fired from the group after a few shared weeks. According to Gully, Matters “did not fit in with the oligarchy values ​​(of the brothers) Young. He didn’t fit in, he had strong opinions and sensibilities, and he played just what he liked. “

After his dismissal, the episode was barely mentioned, rescued by Jesse Fink for the book Bon: The Last Highway, in which he claimed it was “a bit lazy” and “a little irritable”, but at the same time I did not even have enough money to eat: “I did not have any food in my stomach. They (the production) did not give us money to buy food or anything,” he would have confided.

In his post, Wescombe recounted that in late ’75, after Matters left their place in AC / DC for Mark Evans to take, they played together in a band called the Miss Australia Band, at a concert on a ferry in Lake Macquarie. .

“I moved to Sunshine on the southernmost lake and Paul would hang around to relax every time he was in the area. I remember he always made me laugh when he was in the mood. After leaving New South Wales I lost contact with him, as did many other people in recent years, “Wescombe revealed.

The same circumstantial “informant” confirmed that Matters lived in a kind of solitary seclusion during his last years, partly as a result of the marks left by his early days in rock. A situation that led him to stay with a disability pension.

The death of Matters occurs within the framework of a new resurrection of the band, which recently published Shot in the Dark, the first preview of his new album PWR UP, with a recovered Brian Johnson in the voice and its drummer Phil Rudd back on the road after some problems with the Justice.

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