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Aslan's Christy forced to travel to the UK for scan in battle against cancer

ASLAN singer Christy Dignam will travel to the UK next month for life-saving scans in his ongoing battle with cancer.

Doctors have told the 52-year-old that full-body scans are needed to better direct the chemotherapy he has been undergoing at Beaumont Hospital. However, the scanning machine he requires is only found in the UK.

"They don't have this scanner in Ireland so Christy has to get on a plane to London. But the good news is that the full body scans will be able to tell the doctors exactly where the cancer is in his body," Aslan guitarist Billy McGuinness told the Herald.

The frontman is battling two blood cancers, amyloidosis and myeloma, and the cost of the scans in London, on June 3 and 4, will add to his already considerable medical expenses.

However, a galaxy of stars will perform Aslan songs at the Olympia next month to help with his bills in a concert called 'A Night For Christy'.

Insiders have revealed Australian singer Nick Cave could be singing an Aslan song on the night as he arrives in Ireland that weekend to perform at Body& Soul and is a close friend of Shane MacGowan who is already on the bill.

Alabama 3 singer Rob Spragg and the Original Rude Boys are other late additions.


As first revealed in the Herald, Bono could be another guest with his closest friends Gavin Friday performing, and artist Guggi among MCs introducing acts including Mark Feehily of Westlife, Bressie, Danny O'Reilly (The Coronas) and Ryan Sheridan, who is currently topping the iTunes chart in Germany.

Tickets for the concert on June 21, sold out in just 24 hours earlier this month.