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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stars turn out in tribute to radio legend Tony Fenton

Christy Dignam and Aslan playing at a gig in aid of Shave or Dye in memory of Tony Fenton at Vicar Street, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Christy Dignam and Aslan playing at a gig in aid of Shave or Dye in memory of Tony Fenton at Vicar Street, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
an Dempsey at a gig in aid of Shave or Dye in memory of Tony Fenton at Vicar Street, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Tony Fenton

Legendary radio star Tony Fenton was remembered at a concert last night featuring top names from Irish music.

The All the Young Dudes gig featured an array of top Irish bands including Aslan, Something Happens and The Stunning.

The much-loved DJ (below), real name Anthony James Fagan, died aged 53 last month following a four-year battle with prostate cancer.

Last night, a who's who of Irish music celebrated the radio star's life alongside his friends, family and fans in Dublin's Vicar Street.

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The Minutes, Wallis Bird and Mick Flannery all took to the stage during the gig hosted by Today FM.

"He would have wanted a party," Ian Dempsey said before taking to the stage at the commemorative concert for the late broadcaster.

"He would have wanted people singing and dancing and having a great time, a real party. A celebration.

"The last thing Tony would have wanted was people sitting around looking morose. He would have liked to see people having a good time and enjoying themselves.

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Tony Fenton

"Tony loved supporting Irish bands, so this is a gig that reflects him as a person and a broadcaster."

Dempsey admitted the concert had "brought home" the reality of Fenton's death.

"At first I think we were all in shock, but doing a concert like this brings home the fact that he's gone," he said.

In one of his last interviews, Fenton said the illness did not define him or diminish his love of broadcasting.

"It doesn't stop me from wanting to broadcast. It's just a challenge that I've got to deal with, and that's what I'm trying to do," he said.

All proceeds from the All the Young Dudes event will go to Today FM's Shave or Dye campaign in support of the Irish Cancer Society.

To donate €2 to Today FM's Shave or Dye or Oh My in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, text SHAVE to 50300.

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