Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes 'back in six weeks'

28/09/10

The Charlatans

Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes could play again within "six weeks", according to singer Tim Burgess.

Brookes collapsed during a gig in Philadelphia, and was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Speaking to Newsbeat, Burgess said: "He wants to go to Australia, which is in six weeks time. I think that's the most realistic way to look at everything."

The Verve's drummer Pete Salisbury is standing in so that the band can fulfil their commitments.

Back playing

Since collapsing on stage Brookes has had an operation in the UK.

Last night (27 September) the rockers played their first gig back together since Brookes' collapse at an Oxfam charity gig in London.

"We had three days to rehearse the songs. It was weird not to play with Jon but we had to fulfil our commitments," said Burgess.

He confirmed the drummer is now out of intensive care and resting.

A doctor saw what was going on and said, 'Let me on stage I'm a doctor'. Jon then started to faint really. The doctor told everyone to get off stage and call 911
Tim Burgess, The Clarlatans

Recalling the gig when Brookes was taken ill Burgess said the scene at Philadelphia venue Johnny Brenda's was "chaotic".

"Jon just stopped playing," the singer explained.

"Myself and Mark [Collins, guitarist] didn't know what to do. We looked over at him and he gave us a really distant look.

"Our tour manger walked on stage and took his drumsticks out of his hands.

"A doctor saw what was going on and said, 'Let me on stage I'm a doctor'. Jon then started to faint. The doctor told everyone to get off stage and call 911."

Paying tribute to the speed of the doctor's actions Burgess said: "I think Jon would have caused quite a lot of damage to himself if he hadn't have been there.

"At first we all thought it was dehydration but then things seemed to take a turn for the worse.

"At this moment in time things are looking on the up. He's resting and he's with his family and Pete is helping us out."

The Charlatans are scheduled to play a UK tour in October.