The Charlatans’ Jon Brookes to play first full gig following brain tumour treatment

Drummer given the 'all-clear' and will perform at the band's Edinburgh Hogmanay show tomorrow (December 31)

The CharlatansJon Brookes is set to play his first full gig since being diagnosed with and treated for a brain tumour in September.

The drummer will perform at the group’s Edinburgh Hogmanay show tomorrow (December 31).

Jon is doing really well, I texted him last night and he said he had got the all-clear and the cancer is gone,” frontman Tim Burgess told “It’s really crazy what happened. It still doesn’t feel that real to us. Obviously, it does to him. It’s amazing and a big deal to be asked to play what is the biggest party of the year. It means we’re going to end the year in style.”

“It’s going to be Jon‘s first gig back since September,” Burgess continued. “So that’s going to be an emotional time for us as well.”

Burgess also added that the band are keen to head back into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to this year’s ‘Who We Touch’.

“Because of Jon‘s situation and because he has a clean bill of health, I want to make an album with him involved in it,” he explained. “I want to make that album quite soon.”

The Charlatans will play a warm-up show at York’s Fibbers venue tonight (December 30), although an appearance by Brookes has not been confirmed.