Liam Gallagher confirmed via Twitter that he will appear at the Royal Albert Hall in October to help the Charlatans honor their drummer Jon Brookes who lost his battle with cancer in August. The Beady Eye frontman tweeted this message over the weekend: ‘Looking 4wd 2 singing 4 the 1 n only Jon Brookes 18th October RAH. Live Forever LGx.’
The Charlatans announced on their website that members of New Order and the Vaccines would join Gallagher and the Charlatans in remembering their close friend. The Chemical Brothers are scheduled to dj. The band say that more musicians will be added to the roster. The concert, which is being held to benefit the Brain Tumour Charity, will be held on October 18, 2013 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. More information on the one-off charity concert will be posted on the Charlatans’ website, including how to get tickets.
Jon Brookes passed away in hospital on August 13 with his family at his bedside. The 44 year-old had been receiving treatment for a brain tumor since suffering a seizure during their 2010 American tour in Philadelphia. Though he continued to perform with the Charlatans, he underwent several operations and received radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Brookes suffered a relapse in September 2012 and was operated on as recently as last July.
The Royal Albert Hall charity show will be one of Liam Gallagher’s first appearances since he encountered a rash of personal and professional set-backs. Earlier this year, Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer injured himself after falling down a flight of stairs at home. The guitarist was hospitalized on August 1 with severe head trauma caused by a skull fracture, which forced the band to cancel all scheduled live performances for August, including their anticipated appearances at V Festival.