Friday 19 January 2018

Big-screen Bono supports Christy

Christy Dignam, Singer with Aslan
Christy Dignam, Singer with Aslan
Ed Power

Ed Power

A get-well card dispatched to the bedside of ill Aslan frontman Christy Dignam (pictured) paved the way for U2's appearance at last night's Olympia Theatre charity gig for the singer, it has been revealed.

Speaking before a morning of rehearsals with Jedward and The Coronas' Danny O'Reilly – who also put in a turn at the benefit – Aslan guitarist Billy McGuinness said Bono sent a card to Dignam upon hearing he had been diagnosed with a rare cancer and was at Beaumont Hospital.

When news subsequently broke of a fundraising evening for Dignam, who requires expensive treatment at a specialist unit in the UK, Bono and company insisted on being involved – even if it meant interrupting the recording of their latest album in New York.

"Everyone is stepping into Christy's shoes," said McGuinness ahead of yesterday's performance. "They will either be doing songs by Aslan or associated with us. U2 decided to do our first single, 'This Is'. They are in New York and the performance is going to be streamed to a big screen in the Olympia as well as around the world."

McGuinness revealed that Bono hopped on a plane to New York to rejoin the rest of U2 having popped home earlier in the week to meet Michelle Obama and her daughters. "As one of his friends said, you don't know where he is day to day. Christy is absolutely blown away by the gesture."

Irish Independent

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