Liam Gallagher Honors The Charlatans' Drummer Jon Brookes With Charity Concert
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.18.2013
Brookes died in August...
BBC reports that Liam Gallagher has decided to be a part of a special concert in memory of The Charlatans' drummer Jon Brookes, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago and died in August at the age of 44. The Charlatans will perform with several guests at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night to support the Brain Tumor Charity.
Gallagher described Brookes as a "good lad".
He said: ""He didn't have an ego, do you know what I mean? I wouldn't claim to be his best mate and that. I only met him through the gigs we've done, but every time I met him I had a splendid time."
He added that he was on vacation at the time the concert was announced but came on board right away. He will be joined by former Oasis band mates Andy Bell, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and Chris Sharrock, along with Beady Eye's Jay Mehler.
The band said they organized the show as a "fitting tribute" to Brookes. Keyboard player Tony Rogers said that the event would be tough, when the reality of his death "will hit home".
He added: "He was always very upbeat. His illness never got on top of him, he never let it get to him. He was always very positive and never moaned. It's not like he's gone really. It's like his spirit is still there. It will be a tough one I think, but every time you think of Jon it puts a smile on your face."
The Brain Tumor Charity's chairman Andy Foote said: "One of our biggest challenges is raising awareness of the disease, because the general public are not aware of the facts and they're quite startling. For example, brain tumors kill more people under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet less than 2% of funding that goes into cancer research goes into brain tumors."