News

The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes returns to action following brain tumour

The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes returns to action following brain tumour

The Charlatans' drummer Jon Brookes has played with the band for the first time since being diagnosed with and treated for a brain tumour in September.

The drummer collapsed while onstage with the band in Philadelphia, and has been receiving treatment in the UK since then. On Saturday (October 23), he played during the encore of The Charlatans' set at the O2 Academy Birmingham.

Writing on Thecharlatans.net after the gig, Brookes admitted that he was feeling nervous ahead of the show.

"A huge feeling of goodwill came head-on towards me as over 2,000 Charlatans fans let me know that I was welcome back onstage," he wrote.

He added: "I took the deepest breath and tried to let it flow. I hope it sounded OK, but to be honest I have no real measure, it was like I would imagine doing the 100 metres in the Olympic games would feel like! But please let me say thanks again to the Academy crowd for a top night!"

Brookes said that although he "won't be doing much travelling this side of Christmas" he is "feeling strong and positive".

The Verve's Pete Salisbury has been filling in for Brookes at The Charlatans' gigs while he is out of action.

Latest music and film news on Uncut.co.uk.

Uncut have teamed up with Sonic Editions to curate a number of limited-edition framed iconic rock photographs, featuring the likes of Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and The Clash. View the full collection here.


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!


First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile...