Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew fights back tears as Jimmy Barnes reveals his grief over Michael Gudinski’s death
Jimmy Barnes performed his new single Flesh and Blood at the state funeral for late Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski in March.
And on Tuesday, Sunrise entertainment reporter Edwina Bartholomew became emotional while discussing the tribute with the Cold Chisel frontman.
Speaking to the 65-year-old rocker at his home recording studio, Edwina fought back tears as Jimmy expressed his grief for his late friend.
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Gudinski, who was widely regarded as the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, died in his sleep on March 2 at the age of 68.
The Working Class Man hit-maker’s latest single Flesh and Blood is a tribute to the late music mogul, and is from his newly released 20th album of the same name.
‘He’s a huge loss… he’s a godfather to my children,’ Jimmy said of his friend’s passing.
Edwina’s lips appeared to quiver as she tried to keep a straight face while Jimmy continued to speak about Gudinski.
‘I can’t rub Michael’s phone number off my favourites in my phone, because if anybody is going to call me from the other life it will be Michael,’ Jimmy said.
Gudinski was laid to rest at a private funeral on March 10, with a state memorial held in Melbourne on March 24.
Jimmy paid tribute to Gudinski at the public service, describing him as his ‘hero’ and ‘one of a kind’.
‘Michael and I were like flesh and blood, we really were,’ the rock star said, having signed to his Mushroom Records label to release his single No Second Prize in 1984 before his debut solo album Bodyswerve topped the charts the same year.
Dressed in a kilt to represent his native Scotland, Jimmy turned out a rousing rock performance of Flesh and Blood which brought the house down, before bringing his family on stage to perform a more mellow ballad.
Tickets go on sale for Jimmy Barnes’ Flesh and Blood tour on May 5