English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran cried on stage as he remembered his friend Australian music titan Michael Gudinski as “a barrel of laughs”. The ‘Thinking Out Loud’ singer was one of a long list of superstars to pay tribute to the godfather of Australian music at a state memorial attended by thousands at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night.
Gudinski, the founder and chairman of the Mushroom Group, died peacefully in his sleep earlier this month, aged 68. Speaking at the Aussie music promoter and manager’s state memorial, Sheeran said Gudinski would be “absolutely buzzed” the monument was held in Rod Laver Arena. Dressed in a black suit with a red, black, and white striped tie.
Sheeran first sang a laid-back version of Castle on the Hill which he said was one of Gudinski’s favorite songs. The British singer-songwriter retold the story of how he met Gudinski in Melbourne and thought he was “very professional” We did our first tour with him, and soon after that, I quickly realized that he was just a barrel of laughs.
Everywhere he went, he lifted the room and then f..ked off.
An emotional Sheeran cried during his final song, which he wrote last week while in lockdown.
He told the crowd he wrote songs to process his feelings.
After news of Gudinski’s death, Sheeran posted an emotional message on social media, describing his friend, mentor, and “father figure” as a “tornado of joy. Nothing will fill the void he left in our lives, but the memories we all have of him will live on,” the post read. In between the tears, there has been laughter and joy remembering this Titan of a man. Earlier at the memorial, superstar Taylor Swift said her family was sending.
Their condolences and love to Gudinski’s family and friends. I met Michael through work, but it became very apparent to me that he cared about me as a person, and this was a friendship, and he had my back,” she said. I had spent birthdays with Michael and Sue. They’ve opened up their home to me. I will never forget the beautiful times in my life that came about because of Michael because he believed in me. Elton John, who also gave a message at the memorial, said he was a “legend” for Australian music.