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Tuesday 19 September 2017

'I need to go back for chemo, but I won't quit gigs', promises Christy

Christy Dignam at the Cannonball Ireland start line
Christy Dignam at the Cannonball Ireland start line
Milo Purst from Dublin sits in a supercar ahead of the rally

Legendary Dublin rocker Christy Dignam has vowed the show will go on, despite his needing further chemotherapy treatment.

The 57-year-old Aslan frontman was diagnosed in 2013 with amyloidosis, an extremely rare form of blood cancer.

Although he accepts his illness is terminal, he said he is taking it one day at a time after suffering a setback.

"There's a build-up of a negative protein in my blood," he told the Herald.

Christy underwent a round of chemotherapy to control the protein last Christmas, but will need another dose to keep the disease at bay.

Cure

"The treatment is going OK, but there's no cure," he said.

However, he has no plans to put his life on hold.

"There's no point in cancelling anything," he said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time."

He confirmed he won't be cancelling any of his upcoming gigs, including a show in Belfast in November and two at Vicar Street in Dublin in December.

He also hopes to take part in next year's Cannonball Ireland after attending the launch of this year's edition of the charity supercar rally in Dublin yesterday.

He fulfilled a life-long dream of being a passenger in a Lamborghini when he went for a spin in an Aventador SV Roadster.

The model sells for around €450,000.

"My teeth were rattling in my head," he said of the white-knuckle drive from the 3Arena to the Port Tunnel entrance.

"I'm not a big petrolhead, but it was just f**king unbelievable."

Christy also happily checked out a DeLorean DMC-12, the cult classic car that became a household name thanks to the Back To The Future films.

"It's a part of my history. I remember DeLorean building the car," he said of the Belfast suburb of Dunmurry where the DeLorean Motor Company manufactured the iconic sports car.

"I remember Back To The Future. It was a great vibe," he added while sitting in the car with its distinctive gull-wing doors.

This weekend's run will see 190 sports and novelty cars driving from Dublin to Kilkenny to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Ireland.

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