Zane Lowe closes final Radio 1 show with Queens Of The Stone Age track

The Radio 1 DJ hosted his final show for the station earlier this evening (March 5)

DJ Zane Lowe finished his final Radio 1 show by playing a track by Queens Of The Stone Age.

He introduced ‘A Song For The Dead’ by thanking the US rock band by saying: “This is the only one I’ve chosen tonight. Now, you could get emotional, or you could just check it out. One band has been a constant for me throughout this whole journey, given me more one-liners that I’ve passed off as my own, given me more great music than I could possibly hope to digest in a lifetime and they’ve been kind to me too. This is my last song, Queens Of The Stone Age, ‘A Song For The Dead’. You can’t even hear it.” The song features on 2002’s ‘Songs for the Deaf’ album.

The hashtag #thankszane was trending on Twitter in anticipation of the well-loved DJ’s final show for Radio 1, which aired tonight (March 5). Artists including Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, The Black Keys, Peace, Chvrches, Foals and The National took to the internet to praise the New Zealand-born champion of new music. Among them, Jamie T wrote: “I cant thank this man enough for the support he’s given me over the years.” Read a selection below.

Meanwhile, Mark Ronson posted a longform tribute on Instagram, which described how Lowe has helped him at various points in his career. Recalling his first ever conversation with Lowe, Ronson wrote: “I remember he did talk really fast. And I also remember being taken aback that he was the first person i had ever spoken to who seemed to get everything about the record [his debut ‘Here Comes The Fuzz’] from MOP to Rivers Cuomo. He got where I was coming from, probably cause he came from the same era. We were both unashamed music freaks who grew up in the golden era of hip-hop but also loved guitars.”

Lowe is leaving the BBC to work for Apple in the US. He has hosted the night-time show, which is broadcast Monday to Thursday 7-9pm, since 2003, and will be replaced by Annie Mac.

Announcing his departure, Lowe said: “The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead.”

In recent years Lowe’s global profile has extended with a number of headline-making interviews including Kanye West, Eminem and Jay Z. Details of his new position at Apple are yet to be specified.