Legendary radio star Tony Fenton is to be honoured at a concert featuring top names from the Irish music scene tonight. Radio station Today FM, hosts of the presenter’s The Tony Fenton Show for a number of years, announced details of the gig today. The much-loved DJ, real name Anthony James Fagan, passed away aged 53 in March this year following a long four-year struggle with prostate cancer.
On tonight, Thursday, May 14 he will be celebrated by friends at a “night of music and comedy” in Dublin’s Vicar Street. The gig, entitled ‘All the Young Dudes’ will feature top bands such as Aslan, Something Happens and The Stunning. The Minutes, Wallis Bird and Mick Flannery will also take to the stage, with more acts to be announced, Today FM said.
— Today FM (@todayfmofficial) May 14, 2015
In a statement, the radio station said: “Tony Fenton was renowned for his support of Irish music and every act performing on the night has previously appeared on The Tony Fenton Show on Today FM. All proceeds from the ‘All the Young Dudes’ will go to Today FM’s Shave or Dye in support of the Irish Cancer Society. Tony was a huge supporter of the annual charity drive and was central to its success year after year. After his diagnosis in 2012, Tony became a great spokesman and sounding board for cancer sufferers.”
Aslan’s Billy McGuinness told the station: “All the acts that are on, Tony has supported them in one way or another throughout their career. It’s going to be a very emotional night but it’s going to be a celebration, because Tony would want it to be a celebration. Everyone was a dude to Tony.”
The gig is sold out but to donate €2 to Today FM’s Shave or Dye or Oh My in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, text ‘SHAVE’ to 50300.
Tony started off in music when he and Barry Lang set up TOBAR Disco and organised their first gigs in 1st Dublin Scout Hall in Ballygall, Dublin, many moons ago. By the time he died he was so well known and liked in Ireland that U2 played at his funeral, the first gig for Bono since his bad bike accident in Central Park.
See; Tony Fenton: I say a little prayer