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Christy surprised to be alive as he gets ready for return gig

ASLAN frontman Christy Dignam has said he is surprised to be still alive after a year-long battle with cancer.

The Dublin musician was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer last March and has described his condition as "incurable".

The 53-year-old singer announced that the band will return to the stage for their first live gig in over a year and credited his Lazarus-like recovery for their return.

"I never even thought I would be still alive now so to be back gigging again is great," Christy told the Herald.

"The form of cancer I have is incurable so all you can do is rest and try to get it into remission so that's what we have done.


"I went through a plane crash a few years ago, went through a drug addiction and now the cancer thing so it's a bit of a Lazarus situation.

"But the cancer has completely gone now so I am happy with the way things are and I feel that I am starting to get back to myself."

While his treatment has "more or less" ceased for the foreseeable future, he still receives regular check-ups. He has also taken up walking, cycling and other activities after experiencing cardiac difficulties.

Following a difficult year and months of costly treatment, some of Ireland's biggest music acts, including Bono, Glen Hansard and Kodaline, have pledged their support to a special charity auction for the singer.

They were among the names to sign a guitar which is being auctioned by eBay in conjunction with #Auction4Christy to raise funds towards Christy's medical bills.

But the singer said he had no involvement in the charity drive.

Aslan will take to the stage in Dublin at The Olympia Theatre on May 31, and tickets go on sale for the gig next Friday.

The group described the venue as their "spiritual home".

"We will be taking things at Christy's pace, we won't be going hell for leather," guitarist Billy McGuinness told the Herald.

"It's a day that I thought the band would never see again so I think this gig is going to go through the roof."