Christy braves cancer to sing at gala
ASLAN frontman Christy Dignam has performed for the first time since discovering he has cancer.
Although he is still undergoing weekly chemotherapy for two blood cancers – amyloidosis and myeloma – the singer decided he was ready to get back to business over the weekend.
He arrived as the surprise guest at a charity event organised by former boxer Bernard Dunne, in Dublin's Citywest on Saturday night.
Dignam took to the stage for the first time in months and gave a rendition of the Aslan hit 'Crazy World', as well as a singing a duet of 'Angie' with his daughter Kiera.
"Introducing my [dad] on stage and singing with him, something I thought [I'd] never do again was so emotional – what a night," Kiera said.
Up to 700 people attended the gala in aid of Make A Wish Foundation and Irish Dogs for the Disabled, and among them was Dignam's, friend, Gerald Kean.
He told the Irish Independent it was "fantastic" to see the Dublin musician get back in front of a microphone.
"He came out in a suit and tie like Bryan Ferry and got a standing ovation. It made the night, everyone was up singing and dancing at their tables, including The Coronas. It was just phenomenal," Mr Kean said.
Aslan bandmate Billy McGuinness said Saturday's impromptu performance "bodes well" for the upcoming sold-out benefit concert 'A Night For Christy', to take place at the Olympia Theatre on June 21. A string of acts, including Gavin Friday, Shane MacGowan, Paul Brady, Bressie, Horslips, and members of Westlife, will each perform an Aslan track to help raise funds for Dignam's medical care.
"He really wanted to see if he could do it and he sounds as good as ever, so it's absolutely amazing for him," McGuinness told the Irish Independent.
"It doesn't mean Aslan will be back up and gigging in the next six months, but it's definitely a step in the right direction and we're just so delighted for Christy that he's doing so well.
"We've had a massive response for the benefit night too, so much so that we're going to be streaming it in a good few venues, even one in Dubai."
Dignam will also walk his 26-year-old daughter Kiera up the aisle at the end of June, as she weds her long-term partner Darren Moran.