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Verve drummer Pete Salisbury to join Charlatans on tour

The Charlatans, with Jon Brookes far right
Image caption Brookes, far right, collapsed during a gig in Philadelphia

The Verve's Pete Salisbury is to join The Charlatans on tour, replacing drummer Jon Brookes, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

A statement on the band's website said Salisbury "will complete the October UK tour at least", adding that Brookes would undergo an operation this week.

The group, whose hits include One To Another, are due to start their European tour in Hatfield on 5 October.

Salisbury co-founded Wigan indie-rock band The Verve in 1990.

He drummed for the band during their brief reunion in 2008.

Brookes's illness was diagnosed last week after he collapsed and briefly stopped breathing during a concert in Philadelphia.

The rest of the band's US tour was cancelled as Brookes was flown to the UK for treatment.

A spokesperson for The Charlatans said: "The band and Jon would like to thank all well wishers for their kind messages of support."

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