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Salisbury stands in for Jon Brookes

Indie rockers The Charlatans will play their UK tour dates with The Verve's Pete Salisbury standing in for drummer Jon Brookes, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

A spokesman for the band said Brookes was preparing to have an operation this week.

He said: "It is not known how long he will be out of action but it is thought that Salisbury will complete the October UK tour at least.

"The band and Jon want to thank all well-wishers for their kind messages of support."

Brookes collapsed on stage during a gig in Philadelphia last week.

The band, who have had more than 20 top 40 hits, released their debut single, Indian Rope, in 1990.

Founder member and keyboard player Rob Collins died in a road accident in 1996.

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