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Stars turn out in tribute gig to drummer.

LIAM Gallagher joined a top line up in a tribute concert for The Charlatan's drummer Jon Brookes at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Jon, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, succumbed to brain cancer, aged 44 on August 13.

His death left his bandmates distraught.

But they rallied round to organise the tribute show, held on Friday, in his memory - and to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall, The Vaccines' Freddie Cowan and Arni Arnason and The Pretenders' James Walbourn also joined the line-up alongside Birmingham band Dumb, and Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Brad-field.

Charlatans bassist Martin Blunttold NME: "There is one special song in the set list, for Jon, but I've found since he passed that every song has taken on a new meaning.

TRAGIC: Jon Brookes.

"Lyrics that I never thought about before have suddenly become really poignant.

"The whole evening had to be a celebration.

"A big send-off, as well as a big thank you to everyone for their support and a chance to raise money for an underfunded charity.

"We've learned since Jon was ill that brain tumours are being detected a lot more, but research, care systems and funding is severely lacking."

The band's singer Tim Burgess said he'd been "amazed" by the support from musicians following Brookes's death.

He said: "I'll think about Jon during every line of every song."

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TRAGIC: Jon Brookes.
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