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Last Updated: Monday, 19 September 2005, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
New Order headline Peel concert
John Peel
John Peel was well-loved by bands and music fans alike
New Order are to headline a concert dedicated to the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel.

They will be joined by The Fall and Super Furry Animals at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 12 October.

The gig precedes the official John Peel Day on 13 October, which will celebrate the life of the respected DJ who died of a heart attack last year.

Peel's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, said she "was looking forward to what should be a terrific night".

She said she and her family had been to some "incredible gigs involving John over the years" at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

More than 300 gigs have been organised to mark John Peel Day with concerts being held in Spain, Germany, US, New Zealand and Canada.

New Order
New Order have credited Peel with their success
Radio 1 will broadcast a six-hour show paying tribute to Peel and the music and bands he discovered.

"The amount of music lovers who have got involved in Peel Day to stage gigs is amazing," said Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt.

"With the London gig happening as well now it feels like a fitting way to honour John's memory."

Peel worked at Radio 1 for nearly 40 years on his own late-night show. He also became presenter of BBC Radio 4's Home Truths in 1998.

His career was marked by discovering and championing new artists from Joy Division to the White Stripes.

He died while on holiday in Peru in October 2004.


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