Former AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has died

AC/DC with late bassist Paul Matters
AC/DC with Paul Matters (above Angus Young) (Image credit: Facebook/Rod Westcombe/AC/DC)

Former AC/DC bass guitar player Paul Matters, who played with the band in their earliest days, has died.

Matters had been with a Newcastle, Australia-based outfit named Armageddon before being drafted for AC/DC in 1975. He joined them just after the recording of their debut album, High Voltage. Only weeks later, however, he was fired and replaced by Mark Evans, presumably at the request of singer Bon Scott.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.