Today, it’s six years since my son died from a brain tumour. So, it seems only appropriate to break my usual practice and do a proper post today. This cruel disease also claimed Jon Brookes of The Charlatans last month. And The Charlatans, with New Order, The Chemical Brothers and Liam (and Bonehead) are doing a gig at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 October. All proceeds are going to The Brain Tumour Charity. If you can go do, if you can’t please make a donation to the Charity. If you’re in the UK, Text HEAD25 plus the amount to 70070.


The Charlatans will return to the Royal Albert Hall for a very special night in memory and celebration of Jon Brookes, the band’s drummer who died last month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010. Proceeds from the night will go to The Brain Tumour Charity.

The full line-up will be announced shortly.

“Following the loss of our much missed friend and drummer, Jon Brookes, we, together with some friends, are putting on a show at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 18th October 2013. The show will benefit The Brain Tumour Charity, which Jon was involved with during his illness. It’s our way of raising money for research into and awareness of a cancer that will unfortunately affect many lives as it has ours. We look forward to seeing you at the RAH and making it a night to remember.” The Charlatans

The Brain Tumour Charity

Over 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK.

The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to changing this and this year alone will invest £2.5million in world-class, pioneering research across the UK this year, making it significantly the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK.  The Charity is accredited and commended by The Association of Medical Research Charities for ensuring that all the research it funds is selected through stringent, independent peer review, the only charity in its field to do so.

The Charity also offers a comprehensive service to enable everyone with a brain tumour, their families and carers to receive the best support and information and achieve the highest quality of life possible, as well as raising awareness of brain tumours to improve life chances and reduce diagnosis times.

The money raised by the tribute concert to Jon Brookes will be invested into research which seeks to find better treatments and ultimately a cure, so that in future other families will not have to experience this devastation and loss.


VIP Reception and Corporate Box Hospitality packages are available

Learn more http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/the-charlatans/hospitality/default.aspx

~ by acidted on September 30, 2013.


  1. All the best- to you and your wife, to The Charlatans, and to the cause.

  2. From me too.

  3. Very thoughtful of The Charlatans to organize this charity effort.

    Peace, love, and good health to you and your wife.

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