August 13, 2001 11:44

CHARLATANS GIVE THE V SIGN

Keyboard player Tony Rogers is battling testicular cancer - but the band have assured fans that won't stop them from playing...

CHARLATANS GIVE THE V SIGN
A UK spokesperson for THE CHARLATANS has assured NME.COM that the band are still planning to appear at the V2001 festivals this weekend.

As reported over the weekend on NME.COM (August 11), Charlatans keyboardist Tony Rogers, who joined the band following the death of original member Rob Collins in 1996, was diagnosed with testicular cancer hours prior to the band's UK live comeback at Wrexham Central Station (June 28).

Speaking to NME.COM this morning, a UK representative for the band said that the group currently plan to fulfil their live commitments at V2001 this weekend (August 18-19), as well as a 'secret' warm-up at the Sheffield Leadmill (August 16), despite Rogers' illness.

Also, Rogers spoke about his illness for the first time in an interview with The Telegraph newspaper in the UK on Saturday (August 11).

He said: "In February I noticed that one of my testicles was slightly hard. My GP told me to keep an eye on it, because it didn't seem to be getting any bigger. But five weeks later it had enlarged. The stupid thing was that I didn't go back to the doctor because we were in the middle of the album. I didn't want to disrupt things."

Rogers said that since he told the other members of the band, he has been given their full support.

He continued: "The whole band is a unit. Nobody has to deal with anything on their own, come good or bad things. We do seem to be the unluckiest band in the world, but I'd turn that around: we're the luckiest band."

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