Ed Sheeran Tribute To Michael Gudinski – Ed Sheeran, an English singer-songwriter, wept on stage as he recalled his Australian music giant Michael Gudinski as “a ball of laughter.” Ed Sheeran, a chart-topping artist, has published a moving homage to his mentor and friend, the late Michael Gudinski.
The 30-year-old singer debuted the poignant song titled Visiting Hours during a state funeral for Gudinski at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena. The song, written during Sheeran’s two weeks in quarantine after his arrival in Australia, is the centerpiece of his next album and was inspired by his relationship with the late Mushroom CEO.
Sheeran’s next album is scheduled to arrive on October 29. He shared a new episode of Visiting Hours on Instagram late Thursday. Sheeran said during the state memorial for Australia’s music promoter and manager that Gudinski would be “absolutely ecstatic” that it was hosted at Rod Laver Arena.
Sheeran, dressed in a black suit with a red, black, and white striped tie, began the performance with a relaxed rendition of Castle on the Hill, which he described as one of Gudinski’s favorite songs.
The British singer-songwriter recounted how he met Gudinski in Melbourne and immediately thought of him as “quite professional.”
“We embarked on our first tour with him, and it wasn’t long before I discovered he was a barrel of laughter.
“Everywhere he went, he raised the ceiling and then f…ked off.”
Gudinski, widely regarded as the “founder of the Australian music business,” died of a heart attack in March 2021, at the age of 68.
Sheeran, distraught, traveled to Australia to attend the music promoter’s funeral ceremony and penned the poignant tribute while quarantined.
“I completed this song whilst experiencing true sorrow for the first time,” Sheeran said on Instagram.
He has referred to the co-founder of Mushroom Records as a “father figure” and got upset when introducing the heartfelt homage to an audience of 8000 mourners.
He was part of a star-studded program that included performances by other well-known Gudinski pals, including Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, and Jimmy Barnes.
Minogue and Barnes both provide backup vocals to the song’s recorded version.
The singer of ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was one of a lengthy list of celebrities who paid homage to the godfather of Australian music on Wednesday night at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
Gudinski, the Mushroom Group’s founder and chairman, passed away quietly in his sleep earlier this month at the age of 68.