Friday 24 November 2017

Pals gather at 'celebration' gig for late DJ Tony Fenton

Tony Fenton
Tony Fenton
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

"He would have wanted a party," Ian Dempsey said before taking to the stage at the commemorative concert for late broadcaster Tony Fenton in Vicar Street last night.

"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."

Rockers and rollers crowded into Vicar Street to pay their last respects to Fenton for a farewell gig 'All the Young Dudes'.

Bands including Aslan, Something Happens, The Stunning, The Minutes and Mick Flannery all performed sets, while Fenton's former colleague Ian Dempsey acted as MC.

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

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.

Fenton (53) died in March following a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

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

"It's just a challenge that I've got to deal with," he said.

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

Irish Independent

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