Liam Gallagher pays tribute to late Charlatans drummer ahead of charity concert

Beady Eye will perform at A Night For Jon Brookes in London tonight (October 18)

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Liam Gallagher has paid tribute to The Charlatans' Jon Brookes ahead of his appearance on the line-up for the benefit concert to honour the late drummer.

Charlatans singer Tim Burgess, who is hosting and fronting the celebration, has recruited members of The Vaccines, Mumford & Sons, Manic Street Preachers and New Order for A Night For Jon Brookes, which takes place at London’s Royal Albert Hall tonight (October 18). Proceeds go to The Brain Tumour Charity; Brookes died of brain cancer in August.

Speaking to BBC News about his involvement in the concert and relationship with Brookes, Liam Gallagher said: "He didn't have an ego, do you know what I mean?" He added: "I wouldn't claim to be his best mate and that. I only met him through the gigs we've done, but every time I met him I had a splendid time."

Also on the bill are Manic Street Preachers' singer James Dean Bradfield, New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, a Chemical Brothers DJ set, Birmingham band Dumb, and Beady Eye. Beady Eye will be joined by original Oasis rhythm guitarist Bonehead, appearing on stage with Liam for the first time since he left Oasis in 1999. He replaces Beady Eye's Gem Archer, who is recovering from a fractured skull.

Charlatans singer Burgess told NME: "The Vaccines all wanted to take part, but Justin Young and their drummer Pete Robertson are on holiday, so Freddie kindly got some friends to help back me up. I love The Vaccines, it'll be great to sing a couple of their songs."

Burgess said he's been "amazed" by the support from musicians following Brookes' death. He said: “I'll think about Jon during every line of every song. It’s a celebration of Jon’s life, and I’m going into the show thinking that I won’t struggle through any of the songs."

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