Late Charlatans star to be on album

Charlatans drummer Jon BrookesJon Brookes died three years after suffering a seizure while on tour

The surviving members of indie band The Charlatans have vowed to include drummer Jon Brookes on their new album by using recordings he made before his death.

Brookes died in August at the age of 44 as a result of a brain tumour.

“He has left us a lot and we can piece together a few things,” the band’s singer Tim Burgess told BBC 5 live’s Phil Williams.

Brookes had battled the tumour since suffering a seizure on tour in 2010.

“We have got one song and we think that it is fantastic,” said Burgess.

“That to me is the starting point and it is the first time we have really agreed on a song completely in quite a long time.

“This particular one can feature Jon’s drumming. The album will feature Jon, even songs that aren’t written will include Jon in the writing. He’s just going to be part of it.”

The full interview will be broadcast on Williams’ show at 22:30 GMT on Tuesday.

The Charlatans’ new album will be the band’s 12th studio release and will be the follow-up to 2010’s Who We Touch.

Formed in the West Midlands in 1989, the band have had more than 20 UK Top 40 hits, including The Only One I Know, Can’t Get Out Of Bed and One To Another.

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