The Screaming Jets bassist Paul Woossen dies aged 56 as tributes pour in

Australian rock band The Screaming Jets’ bassist Paul Wossen has died aged 56, as bandmates share tributes to their ‘rock brother’ after sad news

Australian rock band The Screaming Jets declared a state of mourning after guitarist Paul Wooson died at the age of 56.

Tributes have been paid to Screaming Jets bassist Paul Woosen, who has died aged 56 leaving his bandmate “devastated”.

The group shared an emotional tribute to their ‘rock brother’, who founded Australian band Got Together in 1989, with fans left shocked by the announcement. The band described him as a bright, shining light in their lives and said their hearts break for his family after the news broke in his home country overnight. They say they are deeply saddened by the loss of the man often described as the “backbone” of the five-piece.

The cause of the late rock singer’s death has not yet been known. The Screaming Jets said in a statement: “It is with broken hearts that we tell you that our beloved rock brother Paul Wossen has passed away today.

Paul Woosen, left, and bandmate Dave Gleason

“We are devastated, and are coping with the loss of Paulie. He was a bright, shining light in all of our lives. Our thoughts are with Paulie’s family, and we ask that you respect our need for privacy at this time.”

The Screaming Jets are still releasing music, with their ninth studio album Professional Misconduct scheduled for release on October 6. It is uncertain whether her upcoming tour dates, which run from October through February, will go ahead. The talented guitarist also pursued a solo career, releasing his debut album Pompidou nearly ten years ago. It didn’t take long for him to reunite with the Screaming Jets, and they returned to the studio together to the delight of their fans.

Tributes have poured in from fellow musicians, including singer Nat Bassingthwaite and actor Shane Jacobson. “So sad to hear of Paulie’s passing today, he was an amazing person… sending love and strength to everyone,” Noiseworks star John Stevens wrote on Instagram. The Black Sorrows, a fellow Australian band, also took to social media sharing their “sincere condolences” to Paul’s “family and friends.”

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