Charlatans confirm Hatfield gig will go ahead

PUBLISHED: 16:09 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:23 26 September 2010

The Charlatans

The Charlatans


LEGENDARY Manchester band The Charlatans WILL kick off their UK tour at The Forum in Hatfield – after finding a replacement for drummer Jon Brookes following his on stage collapse.

The tour had been thrown into doubt after Brookes collapsed on stage during a gig in Philadelphia on September 15, and the drummer was later diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Brooks had surgery yesterday, and Charlatans singer Tim Burgess has told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the operation went “as smoothly as it could’ve done”.

“It was supposed to take four hours, but instead it took three, and I take that as a good sign,” said Burgess, from the studio in Manchester where the band are currently rehearsing.

“It’s been really hard for us, but I’m just really glad they found out what was wrong with Jon.”

This week the band announced that Verve drummer Pete Salisbury will be replacing Brookes for the rest of the year, and they will be kicking off their UK tour at the University of Hertfordshire’s Forum venue on October 5.

“It sounds great rehearsing with Pete,” Burgess said. “He’s fitting in really well and we’re really, really thankful that he’s made himself free to do this. It feels like a gift.

“[The gig in Hatfield] was supposed to be a bit of a warm-up gig, but now it’s going to be our first gig back since what happened, so it’s probably going to be a bit more of an event than that.”

For more on the interview with Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out Wednesday.

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