British singer Ed Sheeran and Michael Gudinski’s son Matt were spotted getting matching tattoos on Thursday, in memory of the late Australian music icon.
Ed and Matt, who respectively performed and spoke at Michael’s emotional state funeral at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday, put on brave faces as they honoured the Mushroom Records founder.
Michael, who was widely regarded as the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, died suddenly in his sleep on March 2, at the age of 68.
Tribute: On Thursday, Ed Sheeran and Michael Gudinski’s son Matt visited a Melbourne tattoo parlour to get matching artwork in honour of the late Australian music icon
He was laid to rest at a private funeral on March 10.
His state funeral was held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday, with guests including Ed and Kylie Minogue.
Ed and Matt visited Grey Street Tattoo in Melbourne’s St Kilda and got matching tattoos dedicated to Michael.
New ink: Ed and Matt visited Grey Street Tattoo parlour in Melbourne’s St Kilda and got matching tattoos dedicated to Michael
In memory: The pair, alongside a friend, got the outline of a hand holding up the ‘no.1’ sign with Michael’s initials on the inside
Signature move: Michael would often pull the pose when posing for pictures
The pair, alongside a friend, got the outline of a hand holding up the ‘no.1’ sign with Michael’s initials on the inside.
Michael would often pull the pose in photographs, presumably in reference to his artists reaching no.1 on the charts.
Ed, who broke down in tears at Michael’s state funeral, looked solemn as he got the tattoo tribute inked on his forearm.
Matt, who has followed in his father’s music footsteps and is now the executive director of Mushroom Group, got his tattoo on his upper arm.
The pair enjoyed some light conversation at the tattoo parlour and even posed up for pictures inside.
Mushroom Group is the largest independent music and entertainment company in Australia and New Zealand, and is home to Frontier Touring, Chugg Entertainment, eight record labels and at least a dozen other specialist divisions.
Solemn: Ed, who broke down in tears at Michael’s state funeral, looked solemn as he got the tattoo tribute inked on his forearm
Close: The pair enjoyed some light conversation at the tattoo parlour and even posed up for pictures inside
New ink: Matt, who has followed in his father’s music footsteps and is now the executive director of Mushroom Group, got his tattoo on his upper arm
Brave faces: Ed and Matt, who respectively performed and spoke at Michael’s emotional state funeral at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday, put on brave faces as they honoured the Mushroom Records founder
During the state funeral on Wednesday, Ed broke down in tears as he remembered his close friendship with Michael, who organised his record-breaking Australian tour in 2018.
He cried while on stage as he performed a song about his daughter Lyra.
The British singer, 30, became visibly emotional as he sang new song Visiting Hours at the Rod Laver Arena – stopping, before saying ‘sorry’ and returning to the microphone.
The A-Team hitmaker told the audience before his set: ‘I never get this nervous, I’m really f*****g nervous. So apologies if I mess up the lyrics or anything.’
The star revealed he had penned the song in quarantine.
He said: ‘So I’m extremely, extremely grateful to be here. I know it’s a difficult thing to get into this country and I don’t take it for granted for all the hard work getting me here and I really, really just appreciated the opportunity to get here.
‘In lockdown I was able to have a guitar for quarantine I always find the best way to process stuff is to write songs, be it good news, bad news and here’s a song I finished last week.
Visiting Hours is said to be about Ed’s late grandfather Bill, who died in 2013 – and asking for advice on raising his and wife Cherry Seaborn’s baby girl Lyra, who was born in August.
Ed sang: ‘I wish that heaven had visiting hours. So I could just show and bring the news that she’s getting older.’
Earlier on, Ed was overcome with emotion as he performed at the star-studded farewell, after he flew into Australia and quarantined in Byron Bay earlier this month.
The star performed a moving acoustic rendition of We Were Younger Then, before stopping to wipe tears from his eyes.
Ed also sat front row at the memorial alongside Michael’s grieving family, who were seen crying during the emotional ceremony.
He recounted meeting Michael for the first time in Melbourne, and said he appeared ‘very proper’ at first.
‘Everywhere he went, he just lit up the room and then f**ked off,’ he joked, after calling him a ‘tornado’ and a ‘barrel of laughs’.
Ed then performed one his his early hits, The A Team, which he said was one of Michael’s favourites from his stellar repertoire.
He said he was ‘grateful’ to have been given the opportunity to ‘say goodbye’ to Michael in person amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Michael was a tornado of joy,’ the Shape of You singer wrote after learning of his death.
‘You would know he arrived in the building just by hearing the chaotic bark of his, and you could feel the room get excited about the arrival of his presence.
‘He was such a force, and would make everyone feel like they were the most important person to him.’
As well as live performances, the memorial included tributes and speeches celebrating Michael’s ‘significant contribution to the Australian and international music industry and the state of Victoria’.
‘Michael’s passion for music was legendary and his advocacy for artists established him as a much loved, respected and admired leader in the industry in Australia and overseas,’ read the event’s webpage.
Kylie Minogue also performed, paying tribute to the man who launched her music career with a rendition of her hit The Loco-Motion.
‘So, Michael – The Big G – took this little scrawny girl from Melbourne to the world and back home again,’ she said.
The pint-sized pop star added that her former mentor ‘made me feel 100 feet tall’.
Kylie said Michael ‘believed in you when you couldn’t believe in yourself’, but said she couldn’t perform by herself.
She then called Ed back to the stage to duet with her and they performed her 2010 single All the Lovers.
‘So Michael had long talked about his love for Ed and how we should meet, and now we finally have met properly,’ she explained.
Meanwhile, pre-recorded tributes poured in from artists around the world, including Elton John, Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen.