Friday 30 September 2016

'We had to turn down international gigs because I need to stay close to hospital' - Aslan's Christy Dignam on his cancer battle

Amy Mulvaney

Published 27/07/2016 | 12:14

Christy Dignam and Aslan playing at a gig in aid of Shave or Dye in memory of Tony Fenton at Vicar Street, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Christy Dignam and Aslan playing at a gig in aid of Shave or Dye in memory of Tony Fenton at Vicar Street, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Aslan's Christy Dignam has opened up about his battle with cancer, revealing the band had to turn down gigs in Dubai and Germany so that he can stay close to hospital here for treatment.

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The 56-year-old revealed that the band had to turn down shows in Dubai and Germany as a result of his illness, but the admirably upbeat star said he’s enjoying doing smaller gigs.

“I can’t fly that far and I’ve to give bloods every two weeks so I need to be pretty close to Beaumont Hospital,” he told Dublin Live.

"I really enoy the gigs now at the minute and we did two festivals over the weekend with Aslan."

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

He said that he’s determined to make the most of every gig and isn’t worried about his illness, despite being declared clinically dead in March last year.

“I’m great at the moment but there’s no cure for what I have.”

“When it comes back, it comes back… I’m not worrying about it.”

“I’m just taking each day as it comes and I’m happy to be up there performing.”

Christy and Aslan q band member Joe Jewell will play a free gig at The Royal Hotel in Bray on Friday.

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