Jon Brookes Appears Onstage With The Charlatans

By Andy Doerschuk Published October 25, 2010

Jon Brookes, founding drummer for Charlatans UK, collapsed onstage and stopped breathing last night while the band was in mid-set at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. Fortunately, a doctor was in the audience and was able to help Brookes begin breathing normally before paramedics arrived and transported the drummer to St. Joseph’s Hospital.



“He has now been transferred to a larger hospital in the city for further tests,” the band’s statement read, “although his condition is said to be improving and doctors believe there will be no long term effects on his health.” It remains unclear whether the band will be able to continue its U.S. tour. Fans are advised to check the band’s website for further news.

UPDATE: The Charlatans have released the following statement:

The Charlatans US tour has been postponed, following the collapse of drummer Jon Brookes during a gig at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday night. Brookes is being flown back to the UK for further treatment, although is currently in a comfortable condition, and the band promise to keep everyone informed as and when the situation develops. The Charlatans are very upset at not being able to continue the tour but hope to reschedule the dates as soon as possible.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for The Charlatans has announced that drummer Jon Brookes has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is undergoing treatment. The band also says that it plans to proceed with its upcoming European tour, scheduled to begin October 5, with a replacement drummer.

UPDATE: The Charlatans have announced that former Verve drummer Pete Salisbury will fill in while the band’s founding drummer Jon Brookes undergoes treatment for brain cancer.

UPDATE: After collapsing onstage on Philadelphia on September 10 and undergoing subsequent brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes surprised fans when he appeared onstage in Birmingham, England last Saturday. Temporarily assuming the drum chair from his sub, former Verve drummer Pete Salisbury, Brookes performed the band’s final song of the night, “Sproston Green.” He wrote in a blog post: “A huge feeling of goodwill came head on towards me as over 2,000 Charlatans fans let me know that I was welcome back on stage. I took the deepest breath and tried to let it flow. I hope it sounded okay, 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!!”

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