Tim Burgess refuses to pull the band's London gig despite the pain of a broken toe...

THE CHARLATANS lead singer TIM BURGESS stood firm and refused to pull his band’s gig at the London Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night (April 24) – despite the fact he’d broken his toe less than 48 hours earlier!

The frontman hobbled onstage and played a greatest hits set for the penultimate date of their Chewing Gum Weekend mini-tour, which concludes tonight (April 23) at Bristol Colston Hall.

Burgess played with his foot heavily strapped after unwittingly breaking it on Saturday (April 22) following the band’s gig at Blackpool Empress Ballroom. He’d trapped his foot in a hotel lift and woke up in pain the following morning. After visiting hospital for an X-ray in Blackpool on Easter Sunday (April 23), doctors told him he’d damaged his digit.


A spokesperson for The Charlatans told “Toes are a funny one really, there wasn’t much they could do, but he seemed to hobble through the gig pretty well!”

At their London gig, The Charlatans opened with an epic, nine-minute version of ‘Forever’, and then played almost all their singles from their last three albums, including crowd favourites ‘Crashin’ In’ and ‘How High’, which haven’t been aired much during the band’s recent live sets.

After tonight, The Charlatans‘ next live show is an open air event on April 30 at Ireland’s Dublin Castle, where they will be supported by Gomez and JJ72.

They also release a new single, ‘Impossible’, on May 15 through MCA/Geffen.

Following the release of the single, The Charlatans plan to return to their own Big Mushroom studio in Northwich, Cheshire to commence writing and recording material for their new album, which they hope to release before the end of the year.

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