The Wanted has re-released one of its hit songs in memory of late band member Tom Parker to raise money for a brain tumour charity.
Bolton-born Parker – who was known for being one fifth of The Wanted since 2009 – was diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumour known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) back in October 2020, and had since been undergoing a number of treatments in an attempt to prolong his life.
But it was sadly confirmed that he passed away peacefully with his family, loved ones, and bandmates by his side on 30 March 2022.
Tom left behind his wife Kelsey, and two children – Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one.
Now, just weeks after his tragic passing and after Parker’s family requested that the band’s 2011 single Gold Forever be played at his funeral memorial service on 20 April, band members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes have decided to create an updated version of the track titled Gold Forever (for Tom).
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The re-recorded version was played to attendees at Parker’s funeral.
Gold Forever was originally released in 2011 as the lead song from The Wanted’s second studio album, Battleground, and was the official Comic Relief single, before it went on to reach number three on the Official Chart Company’s UK singles chart – which made it the band’s third top 10 single.
This time around though, Gold Forever (for Tom), has been made available for download and on streaming services in memory of Parker, and crucially, to raise funds for a worthy charity.
The Wanted, Island Records, and the writers and producers of the song have confirmed that they will be donating all net proceeds to The Brain Tumour Charity – a UK-based organisation that is dedicated to funding research, raising awareness, and providing support and information to people with brain tumours.
The charity said the re-release of the single is “a moving tribute” to Tom, and has said it is “profoundly grateful” that donations will help it fund world-class research and vital support services for anyone affected by brain tumours.
Tom’s devastating passing was first announced by his wife Kelsey on Instagram, who said in an emotional tribute: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side.
“Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.
“We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children. Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end.
“I’m forever proud of you.”
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