Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew fought back tears when Jimmy Barnes reveals his grief over Michael Gudinski’s death
Jimmy Barnes played his new single Flesh and Blood at the state funeral for the late Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski in March.
And on Tuesday, Sunrise entertainment reporter Edwina Bartholomew got emotional while discussing the tribute with the Cold Chisel frontman.
Edwina spoke to the 65-year-old rocker in his home studio and fought back tears as Jimmy expressed his grief for his late friend.
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Emotional: Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew (right) fought back tears on Tuesday when Jimmy Barnes (left) expressed his grief for his late friend Michael Gudinski
Widely regarded as the “father of the Australian music industry”, Gudinski died in his sleep on March 2nd at the age of 68.
The latest single from Working Class Man hitmaker Flesh and Blood pays homage to the late music mogul and comes from his newly released 20th album of the same name.
“He’s a great loss … he’s a godfather to my children,” Jimmy said when his friend died.
Sad: When Edwina spoke to the 65-year-old rocker in his home studio, he fought back tears when Jimmy said of the late Gudinski: “He’s a great loss … he’s a godfather to my children.”
Legend: Michael Gudinski, widely regarded as the “father of the Australian music industry”, died in his sleep on March 2nd at the age of 68. Pictured in July 2018
Edwina’s lips seemed to tremble as she tried to keep her face straight while Jimmy continued talking about Gudinski.
“I can’t copy Michael’s phone number from my favorites on my phone because if someone from the other life calls me, it’s Michael,” Jimmy said.
Michael was buried at a private funeral on March 10, followed by a state memorial in Melbourne on March 24.
“I can’t copy Michael’s phone number from my favorites on my phone”: Jimmy said he was having trouble removing Michael’s number from his phone as he might be calling from “the other life”.
Jimmy paid a touching tribute to his late public service friend, describing him as his “hero” and “one of a kind”.
“Michael and I were like flesh and blood, we really were,” said the rock star after signing with his Mushroom Records label in 1984 to release his single No Second Prize, before his debut solo album, Bodyswerve, that same year Charts led.
Jimmy, who wore a kilt to represent his homeland of Scotland, featured a rousing rock performance from Flesh and Blood that brought the house down before he took his family on stage to play a gentler ballad, admitting, ” We’ll try not to scream. ‘
Tickets for the Jimmy Barnes’ Flesh and Blood Tour on May 5th are available
Coming Soon: Tickets for Jimmy Barnes’ Flesh and Blood tour will go on sale May 5th. Pictured: Jimmy at Michael Gudinski’s State Monument in Melbourne on March 24th