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Screaming Jets co-founder Paul Woseen dies

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The Australian music industry is in mourning following the sudden passing of The Screaming Jets co-founder Paul Woseen.

The band, which formed in Newcastle, confirmed the 56-year-old bass guitarist’s death on Friday night 15 September.

“It is with broken hearts that we tell you our beloved brother in rock Paul Woseen has passed away,” the Jets said in a statement.

“We are shattered dealing with the loss of Paully.

“He was a brilliant shiny light in all of our lives.

“Our hearts are with Paully’s family… and we ask that you respect our need for privacy at this time.”

Woseen recently joined fellow members Dave Gleeson, Jimi Hocking, Scott Kingman and Cameron McGlinchey on the road with their The Rock Vault Encore Tour, the sequel to the band’s hugely-successful national odyssey celebrating the 30th anniversary of their ground-breaking debut All For One, which spawned the hit Better.

The Screaming Jets only released a new single, Nothing To Lose, too, off the forthcoming album Professional Misconduct.

Gleeson and Grant Walmsley met at St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton, in 1981 and first performed together for a school dance at the Newcastle Town Hall.

They formed Sudden Impact in 1985, which later became Aspect.

Woseen then joined in 1988, just before Richard Lara, on guitar, and Brad Heaney.

The band was renamed The Screaming Jets in 1989.

The group’s maiden performance at a five-piece took place, as The Love Bomb, in a Newcastle pub in March 1989.

Soon after, they won the Triple J’s inaugural National Band Competition in November of that year.

The Jets relocated to Sydney in early 1990 and supported The Angels on a national tour.

In May 1990, they signed with an independent label, rooArt.

Their debut extended play (EP), The Scorching Adventures of the Screaming Jets, was issued in December 1990.

The rest, they say, is history.

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