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There’s only one Boss. Well, two if you include Michael Gudinski.

The legendary Australian music man passed away Monday (March 1), aged 68, having set the bar higher than anyone else, living or not.

As chief of the Mushroom Group and its concerts division Frontier Touring, Gudinski brought the biggest names in showbiz to the land Down Under, from The Rolling Stones to Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen and many more.

Indeed, Springsteen would tour many times with Gudinski, including two separate treks within a 12-month span in 2013 and 2014.

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On learning the sad new of Gudinski’s passing, Springsteen was effusive in his praise of Gudinski. From one Boss to another.

“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,” Springsteen wrote on social media.

Gudinski always had his back, and always kept Bruce entertained. “He was loud, always in motion, intentionally (and unintentionally hilarious), and deeply soulful,” Springsteen recounts. “He will be remembered by artists, including this one, from all over the world every time they step foot on Australian soil.”

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Read Springsteen’s tribute in full below.

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. 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 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 step 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.

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