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Michael Gudinski dies: Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran pay tribute

Stars from around the world are paying tribute to music industry legend Michael Gudinski, who played an essential role in bringing international artists to Australia and New Zealand since the late ’70s.

Gudinski died unexpectedly in Melbourne this week at the age of 68. He was responsible for countless tours and festivals with his Frontier Touring group.

Ed Sheeran, who broke Australasian sales records in 2018 with the help of Gudinski, posted a photo to Instagram on Tuesday of the pair hugging at the beach, and simply captioned it: ‘I’ll miss you, mate.’

Stars from around the world are paying tribute to music industry legend Michael Gudinski, who played an essential role in bringing international artists to Australia and New Zealand since the late ’70s. Gudinski is pictured here with Ed Sheeran in March 2018

Paul McCartney, who toured Down Under as a solo artist many times with Frontier, also tweeted: ‘So sad to hear that Michael Gudinski has died.

‘Michael was such a lovely guy and looked after us all so well when we toured Australia. Everyone in the band and crew loved and respected him and he will be remembered with great fondness always.

‘We send love and sympathies to his family. He was a one-off and one of Australia’s great music men. Love you, Mike.’

Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly also posted a black-and-white photo of himself and Gudinski, alongside a thoughtful tribute.

Gudinski died unexpectedly in Melbourne this week at the age of 68. He was responsible for countless tours and festivals with his Frontier Touring group

Gudinski died unexpectedly in Melbourne this week at the age of 68. He was responsible for countless tours and festivals with his Frontier Touring group

Ed Sheeran, who broke Australasian sales records in 2018 with the help of Gudinski, posted this photo to Instagram on Tuesday of the pair hugging at the beach, and simply captioned it: 'I'll miss you, mate'

Ed Sheeran, who broke Australasian sales records in 2018 with the help of Gudinski, posted this photo to Instagram on Tuesday of the pair hugging at the beach, and simply captioned it: ‘I’ll miss you, mate’

‘We are mourning Michael Gudinski who died today. He was a friend. A great inspiration and mentor to many,’ Kelly wrote.

‘Passionate, enthusiastic, loyal, fierce and, like all true pioneers, a little bit mad. He lived for music and for all the people that worked in it. I didn’t think he could ever get more motivated but this past year he took it to a new level in an effort to keep Australian music alive. 

‘He lived and breathed for us. My deep condolences go to his wife Sue, his children Matt and Kate and their families.’

Paul McCartney, who toured Down Under as a solo artist many times with Frontier, also tweeted: 'So sad to hear that Michael Gudinski has died'

Paul McCartney, who toured Down Under as a solo artist many times with Frontier, also tweeted: ‘So sad to hear that Michael Gudinski has died’

'We send love and sympathies to his family. He was a one-off and one of Australia's great music men. Love you, Mike,' McCartney said

‘We send love and sympathies to his family. He was a one-off and one of Australia’s great music men. Love you, Mike,’ McCartney said

Peter Andre, who like many Australian artists owes his career to Gudinski, wrote on Instagram: ‘Woke up to the very sad news that this wonderful man has passed away.

‘Michael, the founder of Mushroom Records, not only gave me my first career break in the 1990s alongside Molly Meldrum but was so kind to me even until recently when we spoke.

‘I remember He sat me down one day in his office in 1992 and said, “Pete you’re a good kid, your working hard. How would you like to tour with Madonna?” I then went on to be the opening act for the Girlie Tour in all the stadiums across Australia.

Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly also posted a thoughtful tribute to Gudinski

Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly also posted a thoughtful tribute to Gudinski

Peter Andre, who like many Australian artists owes his career to Gudinski, wrote on Instagram: 'Woke up to the very sad news that this wonderful man has passed away'

Peter Andre, who like many Australian artists owes his career to Gudinski, wrote on Instagram: ‘Woke up to the very sad news that this wonderful man has passed away’

‘He single handedly gave so many people their start in the music business and continued to be there for them throughout their career. He was kind, fair, funny and is loved by many. We will miss you Michael. Thanks for everything. RIP you legend.’

The latest tributes come after Jimmy Barnes and Eddie McGuire were seen arriving at Gudinski’s home in Melbourne on Tuesday, just hours after his death was announced.

The Cold Chisel singer, 64, visited the property as the music mogul’s wife, Sue, and their children, Matt and Kate, mourned his death.

Barnes said he would always ‘stand by his family just like he stood by ours’.

The latest tributes come after Jimmy Barnes (pictured) and Eddie McGuire were seen arriving at Gudinski's home in Melbourne on Tuesday, just hours after his death was announced

The latest tributes come after Jimmy Barnes (pictured) and Eddie McGuire were seen arriving at Gudinski’s home in Melbourne on Tuesday, just hours after his death was announced 

‘Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out,’ Barnes had shared earlier on Tuesday. 

‘I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt it, the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend.

‘He stood with me through my darkest moments and my most joyous days. Michael was the rock I reached for when life tried to wash me away. He never closed his door or his heart to me and my family.’

Visit: The Cold Chisel singer, 64, looked heartbroken as he arrived to visit Gudinski's family in Melbourne, hours after the news broke of his sudden death

Visit: The Cold Chisel singer, 64, looked heartbroken as he arrived to visit Gudinski’s family in Melbourne, hours after the news broke of his sudden death

Shock: Eddie McGuire and his wife, Carla, looked shaken as they arrived at the home

Shock: Eddie McGuire and his wife, Carla, looked shaken as they arrived at the home

Upset: The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire presenter appeared ashen and distressed

 Upset: The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire presenter appeared ashen and distressed

Family: Barnes is understood to be visiting Gudinski's wife, Sue, and children, Matt and Kate

Family: Barnes is understood to be visiting Gudinski’s wife, Sue, and children, Matt and Kate

Hours earlier, Barnes had shared a touching tribute to his friend that read: 'Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out. He stood with me through my darkest moments and my most joyous days. Michael was the rock I reached for when life tried to wash me away. He never closed his door or his heart to me and my family'

Hours earlier, Barnes had shared a touching tribute to his friend that read: ‘Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out. He stood with me through my darkest moments and my most joyous days. Michael was the rock I reached for when life tried to wash me away. He never closed his door or his heart to me and my family’

He continued: ‘His boundless enthusiasm breathed life into our music scene. But that was just one side of Michael. He was a staunch friend, a loving father and grandfather and an adoring husband to Sue.

‘Jane and I are shocked at the loss of our friend but we will try to be strong and keep the music flowing from our hearts. We will stand by his family just like he stood by ours. I loved Michael, always will.’

It was not just figures from the music industry who mourned his passing, but those from the sports, racing and business worlds.

Emotional: The couple embraced waiting friends and family upon arrival

 Emotional: The couple embraced waiting friends and family upon arrival

Arrival: Dressed in dark clothing, Eddie and Carla were visibly devastated

Arrival: Dressed in dark clothing, Eddie and Carla were visibly devastated 

Holding on: The couple clung close to one another and others who gathered at the home

Holding on: The couple clung close to one another and others who gathered at the home

Friends: McGuire and Gudinski were known to be close, presenting a tribute to Molly Meldrum together in 2018

Friends: McGuire and Gudinski were known to be close, presenting a tribute to Molly Meldrum together in 2018 

McGuire and his wife, Carla,  looked shaken as they arrived at the home and embraced waiting friends and family. 

The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire presenter and former Collingwood president appeared distressed and stayed closed to his wife. 

McGuire and Gudinski were known to be close, presenting a tribute to Molly Meldrum together in 2018.

Grief: Jimmy appeared stricken as he left the residence following his visit

Grief: Jimmy appeared stricken as he left the residence following his visit 

Difficult: The rocker was pale and his eyes were red as though he'd been crying

Difficult: The rocker was pale and his eyes were red as though he’d been crying 

Tribute: He'd earlier expressed his grief in a length post shared to Twitter

Tribute: He’d earlier expressed his grief in a length post shared to Twitter 

Long time: Jimmy and Michael's friendship had endured for decades

Long time: Jimmy and Michael’s friendship had endured for decades 

Gudinski and Meldrum were close friends, not only through their involvement in the music industry but a shared passion for the St Kilda Football Club. 

Gudinski was also a leading figure in the racing industry, co-owning three Melbourne Cup winners – Rekindling, Almandin and 2020 winner Twilight Payment – in a syndicate led by Melbourne businessman Lloyd Williams. 

Meanwhile, Kylie Minogue, who Gudinski catapulted to international stardom, wrote her own heartbreaking tribute on Instagram.  

Outpouring: Kylie Minogue (left) led tributes to Australian music promoter Michael (right), after his tragic death

Outpouring: Kylie Minogue (left) led tributes to Australian music promoter Michael (right), after his tragic death

Moving: Kylie Minogue, who Gudinski catapulted to international stardom, wrote her own heartbreaking tribute. The pair are pictured with Molly Meldrum in December, 2017

Moving: Kylie Minogue, who Gudinski catapulted to international stardom, wrote her own heartbreaking tribute. The pair are pictured with Molly Meldrum in December, 2017 

‘MICHAEL GUDINSKI – Legend. Legacy. LOVE, ‘ Kylie, who alongside her sister Dannii had worked with Gudinski for decades, tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. 

‘A titan of the music industry. One of a kind and forever family to me. 

‘My heart is broken and I can’t believe he’s gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I’ll always love you “The Big G”.’

Just a month ago, Kylie had released a gushing statement about Gudinski, in which she described him as a ‘legend of the Australian music industry’.

‘He signed me for my very first single way back in 1987!’ she wrote. ‘His passion for the music scene, for performers, crews and audiences knows no bounds.’

Legend: Gudinski (centre, with Kylie and Dannii Minogue in 2009) died at the age of 68 in Melbourne. Just a month ago, Kylie released a statement about Gudinski in which she described him as a 'legend of the Australian music industry'

Legend: Gudinski (centre, with Kylie and Dannii Minogue in 2009) died at the age of 68 in Melbourne. Just a month ago, Kylie released a statement about Gudinski in which she described him as a ‘legend of the Australian music industry’

Heroes: Rock legend Bruce Springsteen added this tribute on Tuesday afternoon

Heroes: Rock legend Bruce Springsteen added this tribute on Tuesday afternoon 

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen said on Tuesday: ‘My friend Michael Gudinski was first, last and always a music man. I’ve toured the world for the last fifty years and never met a better promoter.’

He recalled Gudinski’s ‘deep rumbling voice’ and said he’d never forget the way he would say, ‘Bruce, I’ve got you covered.’

‘He was loud, always in motion, intentionally (and unintentionally) hilarious, and deeply soulful. He will be remembered by artists, including this one, from all over the world,’ Springsteen added.

Outpouring: Eddie and his wife arrived at Gudinski's home amid an outpouring of support

Outpouring: Eddie and his wife arrived at Gudinski’s home amid an outpouring of support 

Distress: Eddie was unable to hide the shock on his face as a sombre Carla accompanied him

Distress: Eddie was unable to hide the shock on his face as a sombre Carla accompanied him

Grief: A number of family and friends gathered at the home and comforted one another through the tragic news

Grief: A number of family and friends gathered at the home and comforted one another through the tragic news 

Also on Tuesday, Kylie’s sister Dannii wrote on Twitter, writing: ‘Michael Gudinski’s love and passion for music and family is like no other. 

‘I will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me to release my first single and album, and the journey that it took me on for so many years.

‘He was always there cheering me on, and I will never forget that. There are so many beautiful moments to cherish spent with Michael and his family, surrounded by music and the joy it brings. The loss will be felt forever, but his legacy will also live on forever.’ 

Dannii Minogue posted a touching tribute on Twitter, saying the loss of Gudinski 'would be felt forever'

Dannii Minogue posted a touching tribute on Twitter, saying the loss of Gudinski ‘would be felt forever’ 

Hollywood star Russell Crowe added: 'RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape'

Hollywood star Russell Crowe added: ‘RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape’

Hollywood star Russell Crowe added: ‘RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape.

‘I’m not sure we ever agreed on anything, except maybe Ed Sheeran. Still didn’t stop us from being mates for 30 years. I’m going to miss him deeply. My love to his family.’ 

Barnes’ son David Campbell broke down in tears live on air as he announced the news on Today Extra, saying: ‘I don’t know if I have words for this. 

Jimmy Barnes, who had worked with Michael for decades, wrote: 'Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out. I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt it, the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend'

Jimmy Barnes, who had worked with Michael for decades, wrote: ‘Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out. I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt it, the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend’

The Project host Carrie Bickmore said: 'I am so, so saddened to hear that Michael Gudinski has passed away. A giant of the music industry and just a great mate to so many of us'

The Project host Carrie Bickmore said: ‘I am so, so saddened to hear that Michael Gudinski has passed away. A giant of the music industry and just a great mate to so many of us’

‘He loved his family so much. He worshipped them. My dad is crushed that a 50-year partnership and friendship has suddenly been taken.’

The Project host Carrie Bickmore added: ‘I am so, so saddened to hear that Michael Gudinski has passed away. A giant of the music industry and just a great mate to so many of us.

‘He entered every room and every conversation with energy and passion and am thinking of Sue and his family today who he just loved so much.’

The music promoter formed record company Mushroom Records at just 20 years old, and went on to launch the careers of local artists.

Springsteen (pictured at Perth Arena in 2014) recalled Gudinski's: 'deep rumbling voice' and said he'd never forget the way he would say, 'Bruce, I've got you covered'

Springsteen (pictured at Perth Arena in 2014) recalled Gudinski’s: ‘deep rumbling voice’ and said he’d never forget the way he would say, ‘Bruce, I’ve got you covered’

Close: He is pictured here with Molly Meldrum holding the AFL Premiership Cup ahead of the 2012 Grand Final

Close: He is pictured here with Molly Meldrum holding the AFL Premiership Cup ahead of the 2012 Grand Final 

In 1979, he established concert promoter Frontier Touring and stayed at its helm until his death.

His family confirmed his death on Tuesday morning. 

Mushroom Group said in a statement: ‘It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Gudinski AM overnight.

‘The much-loved Australian music legend died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne, Australia. Michael Gudinski was a key figure in shaping the Australian music industry. 

Loved ones: Gudinski is survived by wife Sue (right), children Matt and Kate, and two grandchildren

Loved ones: Gudinski is survived by wife Sue (right), children Matt and Kate, and two grandchildren

Night out: Gudinski was pictured last Thursday at a Midnight Oil concert, where he was acting like his 'typical boisterous, funny self'. Pictured with Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett (centre) and ABC News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland (left)

Night out: Gudinski was pictured last Thursday at a Midnight Oil concert, where he was acting like his ‘typical boisterous, funny self’. Pictured with Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett (centre) and ABC News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland (left)

Family: Gudinski is pictured with his wife and children in July 2005

Family: Gudinski is pictured with his wife and children in July 2005 

Stars: Gudinski is pictured with Ed Sheeran at Optus Stadium during a media call for the launch of a record-breaking Australian and New Zealand Tour on March 1, 2018, in Perth

Stars: Gudinski is pictured with Ed Sheeran at Optus Stadium during a media call for the launch of a record-breaking Australian and New Zealand Tour on March 1, 2018, in Perth

‘He founded the Mushroom Group in 1972 at just 20 years old, which flourished into Australia’s largest independent entertainment group covering touring, record labels, publishing, merchandising, booking agencies, film and television production and creative services.

‘Some of Australia’s most iconic albums have been released under one of his Mushroom Group record labels.’

The statement continued: ‘His touring company Frontier Touring is Australia’s leading promoter, touring the biggest names in global music since its inception in 1979.

Gudinski (right) is pictured with Daryl Braithwaite (centre) and Molly Meldrum (left) in 2006

Gudinski (right) is pictured with Daryl Braithwaite (centre) and Molly Meldrum (left) in 2006

‘A larger-than-life figure, Michael was widely respected for his unwavering passion for all music – in particular Australian music.’

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford discussed the circumstances surrounding Gudinski’s death on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show, explaining that he’d initially heard the music legend had suffered a nasty fall.

‘About an hour ago I got a call saying that he had a bad fall at home, but then I wasn’t told that he had actually passed,’ Mr Ford revealed. 

‘They wanted to wait until everything was crossed and ticked before they put out the official statement. It’s now confirmed to me by the family that Michael has passed.’

Tears: Jimmy Barnes' son David Campbell (left) broke down as he announced Gudinski's death on Today Extra alongside Richard Wilkins (right). 'I don't know if I have words for this,' he said

Tears: Jimmy Barnes’ son David Campbell (left) broke down as he announced Gudinski’s death on Today Extra alongside Richard Wilkins (right). ‘I don’t know if I have words for this,’ he said 

Gudinski was pictured just last Thursday at a Midnight Oil concert, where he was acting like his ‘typical boisterous, funny self’. 

He posed for a photo with Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett and ABC News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland.

Rowland tweeted the picture on Tuesday, and wrote: ‘I am devastated by Michael Gudinski’s sudden death. He was a true champion of Australian music and the ABC. 

‘This was backstage after the Oils gig in Sydney on Thursday night. Michael was his typical boisterous, funny self. He was always so full of life. Rest in peace, friend.’ 

Celebrities react to Michael Gudinski’s death

Kylie Minogue – ‘MICHAEL GUDINSKI – Legend. Legacy. LOVE. A Titan of the music industry. One of a kind and forever family to me. My heart is broken and I can’t believe he’s gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I’ll always love you ‘The Big G’.’

Dannii Minogue –  Michael Gudinski’s love and passion for music and family is like no other. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me to release my first single and album, and the journey that it took me on for so many years. He was always there cheering me on, and I will never forget that. There are so many beautiful moments to cherish spent with Michael and his family, surrounded by music and the joy it brings. The loss will be felt forever, but his legacy will also live on forever

Bruce Springsteen –  ‘My friend Michael Gudinski was first, last, and always a music man. I’ve toured the world for the last 50 years and I’ve never met a better promoter. Michael always spoke with a deep rumbling voice, and the words would spill out so fast that half the time I needed an interpreter. But I could hear him clear as a bell when he would say, “Bruce, I’ve got you covered.” And he always did. He was always loud, always in motion, intentionally (and unintentionally) hilarious, and deeply soulful. He will be remembered by artists, including this one, from all over the world every time they set foot on Australian soil. My deepest condolences to his wife and partner Sue and to the whole Gudinski family, of which he was so proud.’ 

Russell Crowe – ‘RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape. I’m not sure we ever agreed on anything, except maybe @edsheeran. Still didn’t stop us from being mates for 30 years. I’m going to miss him deeply. My love to his family.’

Richard Wilkins – ‘The biggest tree in the forest has fallen. What a devastating loss. Love to Sue,Kate, Matt and all. MG R.I.P. x’

Jimmy Barnes – ‘Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out. I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt it , the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend.’

David Campbell – ‘This is truly devastating news. Not just for the music industry which he built nearly single handedly, but for his family, who he adored. A giant.’ 

Carrie Bickmore – ‘I am so so saddened to hear that Michael Gudinski has passed away. A giant of the music industry and just a great mate to so many of us. He entered every room and every conversation with energy and passion and am thinking of Sue and his family today who he just loved so much.’ 

Myf Warhurst – ‘Utterly shocked to hear about the death of Michael Gudinski. Such a character and so full of life. What an extraordinary legacy he leaves. My condolences to his family.’

Jim Jeffreys –  ‘I just found out my friend Michael Gudinski has just passed. Michael promoted my tours in Australia. I’ve never met a person who walked into any room and filled it like Michael. I will miss his presence. A true maverick a real one of a kind. My heart goes out to his family.’

Sam Neil – ‘The saddest day. #MichaelGudinski, lion of Australasian recorded and live music for as long as anyone can remember , died last night. The loveliest fella; funny, kind and generous . He gave so much , he was tireless . We grieve for you Michael.’ 

Em Rusciano – ‘Thank you for all that you did for live performance. And on a personal note, thank you for getting on board with my ridiculous ideas and allowing me to realise the shows I wanted to make. Go well M.G.’ 

Jon Stevens – ‘Thank you for the music #michaelgudinski.’ 

Marcia Hines – ‘The passing of Michael Gudinski has left me in a state of shock. He was a true pioneer in the music industry and a man who believed in the development of artists like myself & many others. His friendship knew no bounds. He was a genuine original, & not replaceable. May you #RIP.’

Ben Lee – ‘Michael Gudinski was a force of nature. Big love to ya, mate.’ 

Tim Blackwell – ‘RIP Michael Gudinski. A giant of the industry that I was lucky enough to see work in full flight. Love to his family at this incredibly difficult time.’ 

Anthony Albanese – ‘Shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Michael Gudinski. We were both at the Oils gig in Sydney on Thursday. It’s hard to think of anyone who did more for Australian music than Michael. Vale.’

Leigh Sales – ‘I am so very sad to learn of the death of Michael Gudinski. There was never a greater champion for Australian music. He was also a huge supporter of the ABC and a real source of encouragement. A true legend.’

Illy – ‘RIP Michael Gudinski. One of the most influential people in Aus music history. Always supportive of artists (in my case even after leaving his company, which meant a lot), and one of the loudest champions of the local music community. A one of one. Love to his family today.’

Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann –  ‘Am shocked by the passing of Michael Gudinski. A giant in the industry whose love, support and promotion of Australian music is unsurpassed. It was always a joy to be in his company. Thoughts are with his family and friends #RIP.’ 

Michael Rowland – ‘I am devastated by Michael Gudinsk’s sudden death. He was a true champion of Australian music and the ABC. This was backstage after the Oils gig in Sydney on Thursday night. Michael was his typical boisterous, funny self. He was always so full of life. Rest In Peace, friend.’  

Hilltop Hoods – ‘Michael Gudinski did a lot for people within the music industry and for the people of Australia, particularly over the last couple of years. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Very sad news.’  

Past: Gudinski signed New Zealand band Split Enz in the '70s, and after several years with his record label they scored huge success in 1980 with the release of their album True Colours

Past: Gudinski signed New Zealand band Split Enz in the ’70s, and after several years with his record label they scored huge success in 1980 with the release of their album True Colours

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe tweeted: ‘RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape.

‘I’m not sure we ever agreed on anything, except maybe Ed Sheeran. Still didn’t stop us from being mates for 30 years. I’m going to miss him deeply. My love to his family.’

Nine Entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins wrote: ‘The biggest tree in the forest has fallen. What a devastating loss.’

The tragic news comes just weeks before Gudinski was slated to announce a major government project to support Victoria’s music industry.

Gudinski’s last major public appearance was when he introduced Kylie Minogue at the Sounds Better Together concert in Mallacoota on January 30. 

He also attended the Australian Open in February.

Last seen: Gudinski's last major public appearance was when he introduced Kylie Minogue at the Sounds Better Together concert in Mallacoota on January 30

Last seen: Gudinski’s last major public appearance was when he introduced Kylie Minogue at the Sounds Better Together concert in Mallacoota on January 30

Michael Gudinski’s career timeline

1972 – Gudinski founds Mushroom Records at the age of 20

1977 – Gudinski opens Melbourne music venue Bombay Bicycle Club 

1979 – Gudinski forms Frontier touring company 

1981 – Gudinski forms White Label Records to release more innovative music 

1988 – Gudinski co-founds Melodian Records with Ian Meldrum 

1992 – Gudinski and Mushroom Records receive an ARIA Award for Special Achievement 

1993 – Murdoch Group becomes a shareholder in Mushroom Records 

1998 – Gudinski sells Mushroom Records to Murdoch’s News Limited Group but maintains control of most other Mushroom Group companies

1999 – Gudinski forms a new independent record label called Liberation Music 

2006 – Gudinski awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal (AM) for service to the entertainment industry 

2009 – Gudinski co-organises Sound Relief concerts at the Melbourne and Sydney Cricket Grounds 

2012 – Gudinski honoured by the city of Melbourne as he’s named Melburnian of the Year  

2013 – Gudinski named as the inaugural ARIA Industry Icon 

2020 – During the pandemic lockdown, Gudinski recruits the likes of Jimmy Barnes and Crowded house to perform in the Music From the Home Front TV concert

2021 – Gudinski’s makes his last major public appearance when he introduces Kylie Minogue at the Sounds Better Together concert in Mallacoota  

During the Covid-19 lockdown last year, Gudinski recruited the likes of Jimmy Barnes and Crowded House to perform at the Music From the Home Front television concert, organising the event in just nine days.

During his illustrious career, Gudinski was arguably one of the most powerful and influential figures in the music industry.

After forming Mushroom Records in 1972, the label worked with artists such as Madonna, Abba, Jason Donovan and Nelly Furtado.

Gudinski also enjoyed international success with artists such as Peter Andre and Garbage, and promoted tours for major acts worldwide.

Most recently, Frontier Touring promoted Elton John’s farewell tour in 2020. 

In June 2006, Gudinski was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal (AM) for his service to the entertainment industry through his work in promoting Australian recording artists.

Legend: Just one month ago, Kylie Minogue released a statement about Michael in which she described him as a 'legend of the Australian music industry'

Legend: Just one month ago, Kylie Minogue released a statement about Michael in which she described him as a ‘legend of the Australian music industry’ 

Three years later, in 2009, he played a major role in organising the Sound Relief benefit concerts, which raised millions for victims of the Victorian bushfires and Queensland floods.

In 2012, Gudinski was honoured by the city of Melbourne as ‘Melburnian of the Year’.

Gudinski also helped promote Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking Australasian tour in 2018, which saw more than a million tickets sold. 

Gudinski also helped promote Ed Sheeran's record-breaking Australasian tour in 2018, which saw more than a million tickets sold. With Frontier's help, Ed shattered the record set by Dire Straits 32 years earlier, when they sold 950,000 tickets in Australia and New Zealand in 1986

Gudinski also helped promote Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking Australasian tour in 2018, which saw more than a million tickets sold. With Frontier’s help, Ed shattered the record set by Dire Straits 32 years earlier, when they sold 950,000 tickets in Australia and New Zealand in 1986 

With Frontier’s help, Ed shattered the record set by Dire Straits 32 years earlier, when they sold 950,000 tickets on one tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1986. 

Michael was ecstatic at the media call with Ed, saying at the time: ‘Frontier has toured some of the biggest names in music, including Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, and The Rolling Stones, but I’ve never seen a tour like Ed’s.

‘To sell one million tickets is simply phenomenal!’ 

Gudinski (left) is pictured with Kylie Minogue (second from left), Molly Meldrum (second from right) and Tina Arena (right) at the VIP Launch of the Australian Music Vault at the Arts Centre Melbourne on December 18, 2017

Gudinski (left) is pictured with Kylie Minogue (second from left), Molly Meldrum (second from right) and Tina Arena (right) at the VIP Launch of the Australian Music Vault at the Arts Centre Melbourne on December 18, 2017


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