THE WILDHEARTS, PITCHSHIFTER Remember JOHN PEEL

THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger and PITCHSHIFTER singer J.S. Clayden have issued separate statements honoring the late John Peel, crediting the maverick BBC disc jockey with transforming the U.K.'s popular music scene.

The 65-year-old Peel, who died of a heart attack on Monday (Oct. 25), was lauded as a legendary influence on rock-and-roll fans over four decades with his rejection of the mainstream in favour of introducing listeners to more offbeat and eclectic acts, according to Reuters.

Commented Ginger: "Without John Peel, music would not have the scope that we all enjoy. He gave meaning to making music as a personal statement. He championed so many great bands that we would never have heard (you have your own, mine is BIG BLACK). He didn't give a fuck about acceptance, and because of that everyone not only accepted his lead but embraced it. Now Radio One is officially shit. It is a truly sad day. It feels like a really individual friend has gone and there is no one like him to go to. The world of music will never be as exciting and intriguing without him. The original maverick has gone, and everyone out there (yeah, you) should put their balls on the line like he did, in everything that you do. He showed that there is nothing to fear in being an individual. Remember this for the rest of your lives."

J.S. stated: "If you look on your PITCHSHIFTER albums you will see that we always credit John Peel. He was instrumental in getting the band out there and often played our music on the radio when no one else dared. The 'Peel Sessions' we did were a great honor and every time I met John he was always such a great guy. John Peel was a legend and he will be sorely missed."

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