Ed Sheeran tribute song Visiting Hours to late mentor Michael Gudinski set to be released

Ed Sheeran made headlines last month when he performed touching tribute song to the late Michael Gudinski at his state memorial. 

Now, it’s been confirmed that Ed’s song, titled Visiting Hours, will be released by the late music legend’s label Mushroom Records. 

Michael’s son Matt Gudinsk, who has taken over as Mushroom Records’ new CEO following his father’s passing, told d News Corp on Sunday: ‘I believe there’s plans for [Ed’s song] to be released in due course. 

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‘Father figure’: Ed Sheeran (left) is set to release his touching tribute song to late mentor Michael Gudinski (right) titled Visiting Hours 

Ed penned Visiting Hours while he was self-isolating in a hotel quarantine.  

In the song’s lyrics, Ed speaks of his desire to visit Michael in the afterlife, wishing that ‘heaven had visiting hours so I could just swing by and ask your advice’. 

Speaking of the song, Matt told News Corp: ‘It meant a lot to myself and our family that Ed made the journey out here and created a song in Dad’s honour.’  

Big plans: 'I believe there¿s plans for it to be released in due course,' the label's new CEO Matt Gudinski, 36 [pictured], told News Corp on Sunday

Big plans: ‘I believe there’s plans for it to be released in due course,’ the label’s new CEO Matt Gudinski, 36 [pictured], told News Corp on Sunday

The song: In Visiting Hours' lyrics, Sheeran says he wishes 'that heaven had visiting hours¿ so I could just swing by and ask your advice'. Sheeran seen performing the song during the state memorial for Gudinski in March

The song: In Visiting Hours’ lyrics, Sheeran says he wishes ‘that heaven had visiting hours… so I could just swing by and ask your advice’. Sheeran seen performing the song during the state memorial for Gudinski in March

Matt assumed the role of CEO of the Mushroom Group following the sudden death of his father Michael on March 2.

And he has also revealed plans to continue his father’s passion project, a live concert featuring Australian and New Zealand music artists called Music From the Home Front.

Last year’s COVID-safe virtual concert, which was held on Anzac Day, was viewed by over 1.1 million people, and Matt said he will take up the baton in 2021.

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