A bit over a yr since his death at the age of 68, Australian music mogul and Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski has been honoured with a statue of his likeness exterior of Melbourne’s Rod Laver Area.
The total-sized statue was unveiled right now (March 24) by Gudinski’s household and Mushroom Group. Amongst these in attendance have been Gudinski’s longtime good friend Jimmy Barnes and Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, who stated the tribute would “remind all Victorians of [Gudinski’s] lifelong ardour… and honour his important contribution to the Australian music and leisure industries”.
Matt Gudinski, Michael’s son and current CEO of Mushroom Group, additionally honoured his father throughout the unveiling. “My household and I are humbled by this nice tribute and recognition of my late father that acknowledges his contribution to the Australian music scene and the town of Melbourne,” Gudinski stated.
“[The statue] will stand as a everlasting tribute to his legacy and significance to creating the Australian music and leisure panorama what it’s right now.”
Barnes added that having a statue of Gudinski surrounded by “the very venues that made Melbourne the house of every thing to him” was “good”.
“From right here he can hear the roar of the crowds from the MCG. He can see and listen to the punters leaving the Rod Laver Area, or AAMI Park, shouting about being at the perfect present they’ve ever seen.”
Gudinski, who launched Mushroom Group in 1972 and was at its helm for almost 50 years, died during his sleep in March 2021. His demise prompted an outpouring of tribute from Bruce Springsteen, Molly Meldrum, Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, the Foo Fighters, Midnight Oil, Barnes and plenty of, many extra.
The identical month, Sheeran, Minogue and extra performed at a state memorial for Gudinski at Rod Laver Area. “The Large G took this little scrawny lady from Melbourne to the world and again residence once more,” Minogue stated throughout her tribute. “He believed in you once you couldn’t imagine in your self.”
Earlier this month, when the Foo Fighters carried out an historic gig at Geelong’s GMBHA Stadium, the US rockers honoured Gudinski at the end of the night. “I want to dedicate this final music to an outdated good friend, who’s not right here with us tonight – an individual that all the time introduced us over right here, took care of us and made us glad – a candy man, who made every thing enjoyable Down Underneath,” frontman Dave Grohl stated.
“We might not be the band that we’re right now, right here in Australia, if it wasn’t for the good, late Michael Gudinski. I by no means understood one phrase that motherfucker stated, man – I swear to god, I couldn’t inform what he was saying. However I do know that he was full of affection. So let’s give it again to him.”
The band then carried out their, remaining music ‘Everlong’, with a fireworks show and a picture of Gudinski projected onto the principle display. Drummer Taylor Hawkins additionally wore a Mushroom Group shirt all through the present, and a photograph of Gudinski featured on his bass drum.