Saturday 27 May 2017

'Don't write him off' - Aslan say the show will go on as second star battles cancer

Aslan
Aslan

Sasha Brady

Aslan have vowed to keep the show on the road as two of its members undergo treatment for cancer.

Aslan keyboard player Fitzy, who was diagnosed with liver cancer last year, has seen his illness return.

The news comes as frontman Christy Dignam continues with his treatment for incurable blood cancer.

However, the band insist the show will go on and they have no plans to cancel their jam-packed tour schedule this year.

Christy Dignam of Aslan
Christy Dignam of Aslan

"Don't write Fitzy off," Aslan's Billy McGuinness told Independent.ie.

"He's fine. Sure he just got married at the weekend. The show is definitely going ahead."

The band's guitarist and harmonica player said that Aslan are enjoying being on the road and have no plans to make any changes.

"Look at Christy. He has no plans to stop. Not a bother on him. They'll both be on tour with us," he said.

It was reported in the Daily Star that Fitzy will undergo "aggressive chemotherapy" this year, as Dignam returned to London's The Royal Free Hospital for more treatment.

The Aslan frontman was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2014 and has been undergoing chemotherapy to keep it under control since.

Dignam told the newspaper that once he's able perform on tour "he's fine" and said that both members want to play the gigs, despite their ordeals.

Last year Aslan had to turn turn down shows in Dubai and Germany as a result of Dignam's illness.

The lead singer was unable to fly as he visited Beaumont Hospital every two weeks for blood tests.

However, the upbeat band are looking forward to playing to fans this year as they continue to sell out venues across the country.

Aslan will play to a sold-out crowd in Dublin's Olympia Theatre this Thursday.

They'll also take their Made in Dublin Revisited tour to the Iveagh Gardens on July 7.

Made in Dublin was the band's biggest-selling record and even went triple-platinum within a year of its release.

17 years after the album was recorded, the band will play the album in its entirety, complete with the same stage design and set-up, with a string quarter and percussionist.

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