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Health-scare Christy gets all-clear for Aussie tour

ASLAN lead singer Christy Dignam has been given the all-clear to travel for the band's Australian tour after his sudden collapse.

Speaking en route to Australia, band member Billy McGuinness said the rocker was on the road to recovery.

"Christy's doing great," he said. "But in the past 24 hours I didn't know if we would be even sitting on the plane."

Christy (50) was rushed to hospital after he collapsed at his Dublin home while watching a football match.

"He was watching the Liverpool and United match at home, he went to get up and he just blacked out," Billy said.

"His family phoned the ambulance immediately and he was taken to Blanchardstown Hospital to do tests and to eliminate things.

"They were afraid that he might have had a stroke."

Meanwhile, the band was due to play a gig in Coolock on the Sunday night.

"The manager of the venue got up on stage and said that Christy had been taken to Blanchardstown hospital and said that his 'thoughts were with the family'," Billy said.

"Of course, Twitter and Facebook exploded with people saying that he was dead. My phone was hopping all night."

Ballistic

"The promoters in Australia were going ballistic, the last time we were due to play we had to pull out because of the volcanic ash cloud," he added.

"They must have been thinking we were messing them around."

Aslan didn't perform the concert that had been scheduled due to the singer's illness.

Christy was discharged from the hospital the following day and doctors have given him a clean bill of health.

"They still don't know what caused it," Billy said. "His bloods are completely clear."

The band have a gruelling schedule down under, playing nine gigs in 14 days, but they expect that Christy will be well enough to perform in all of the shows.

The lead singer had a medical two weeks ago and was told he was in good health.

"He's definitely going to be getting a lot of babysitting," Billy added. "We'll all keeping an eye on him on the flight."

"We're dying to get into the tour and we're particularly looking forward to getting back to Dublin," he added.

"We're especially looking forward to playing our annual Vicar Street gig in Dublin on December 27."

Aslan will perform in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane on their first Australian tour.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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