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The Charlatans hoping for closure with memorial gig

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Oct 17, 2013 | 6:04am EDT

Rockers The Charlatans are hoping to put their grief behind them by staging a memorial concert for their late drummer. The band is holding a tribute show for Jon Brookes on Friday (18Oct13) at London's Royal Albert Hall with a line-up featuring Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers and a DJ set from the Chemical Brothers. Brookes, a founding member of the band, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and although he initially recovered enough to rejoin the band, he relapsed and died in August (13). Frontman Tim Burgess tells the London Evening Standard, "In a funny way, it really doesn't feel like he's gone anywhere. If I receive a text from his wife, it comes up as Jon Brookes so it's still like he is there really. We are starting to deal with it now, but with the event coming up that's when it will probably hit home. It will be like closure."

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