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Ed Sheeran Sings Emotional Tribute To Australian Concert Promoter “Visiting Hours”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Ed Sheeran attends the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2019 at the Grosvenor House on July 05, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Ed Sheeran did what Ed does best Wednesday night in Melbourne, Australia, during a memorial service for the late Michael Gudinksi.  Michael was a legend of the Australian music industry who helped promote Ed’s tours in that country.  Ed and Michael were very close, so Ed wrote an emotional tribute to him, referring to Michael as a friend, father figure and mentor.

 

“I wish that heaven/ Had visiting hours/ So I just could show up/ And bring good news/ That she’s getting older/ And I wish that you’d met her/ The things that she’ll learn from me/ I got them all from you,” sang Ed, apparently referring to his baby daughter, Lyra. Ed also performed what he said was Michael’s favorite song of his, “Castle on the Hill,” as well as “The A Team.”

According to Billboard, Sam Smith, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters all sent recorded condolences to the service.

Gudinski died in his sleep at age 68 on March 2.

 

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