October 13 is National John Peel Day in England, marking the one-year anniversary of the last broadcast from legendary BBC 1 DJ who died on October 25, 2004. BBC 1 is airing a Peel tribute from 7PM – 1AM BST (British Summer Time) which translates to 2PM – 8PM EST. You can read about the details here, but will included recollections from various musicians and friends, as well as highlights from last nights John Peel Tribute concert at Royal Albert Hall that included performances from Super Furry Animals, The Fall (perhaps Peelie’s favorite band) and New Order, and more. According to the NME, New Order’s entire set was Joy Division songs, including "Shadowplay" and "Warsaw," which hadn’t been performed since Ian Curtis’ suicide 25 years ago (and probably even longer for "Warsaw"). The BBC has some great pictures from the event.
Over on BBC 6 Music, the whole day is Peel related, including some of the thousands of classic Peel Session recorded over the years exclusively for his influential show. Their also airing select bits from his archived radio shows, including the entirety of his first ever broadcast for BBC 1.
Meanwhile, basically every gig happening in the British Isles tonight is dedicated to John Peel, with bands performing covers of Peel favorites. Very cool.
For more on John Peel, check out the most excellent Spoilt Victorian Child, that has been posting Peel Session mp3s all week long.