Band's drummer died in August, aged 44
The Charlatans have announced plans to host a one-off charity concert in memory of former drummer Jon Brookes, who died earlier this year.
The band, fronted by Tim Burgess, will play London’s Royal Albert Hall in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity on October 18. Tickets for the gig will go on sale at 10am on Friday morning (September 20) here. Brookes passed away peacefully in hospital on the morning of August 13, with his family at his bedside.
A statement released to announce the charity show reads: “Following the loss of our much missed friend and drummer, Jon Brookes, we, together with some friends, are putting on a show at the Royal Albert Hall. The show will benefit The Brain Tumour Charity, which Jon was involved with during his illness. It’s our way of raising money for research into and awareness of a cancer that will unfortunately affect many lives as it has ours. We look forward to seeing you at the Royal Albert Hall and making it a night to remember.”
Burgess paid tribute to Brookes in a blog he wrote for NME.COM in which he says: “Last week we lost a brother, a friend, a band member and a huge part of all our lives.”
In the wake of Brookes’ death, Burgess reveals that the band have received tributes from fans around the world. Burgess writes: “We’ve had messages from all over the world from people sharing memories of Jon – kids who’d borrowed his drumkit, drummers inspired by his style, but most of all people saying he was one of the friendliest, funniest and thoughtful people that they’d ever met.” To read the full blog click here.
Brookes had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour since suffering a seizure on tour in Philadelphia in 2010. Though he continued to perform with The Charlatans – he was back on stage a month after his US collapse – he underwent several operations and received radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He suffered a relapse in September 2012 and was operated on as recently as July this year.