IT will be an emotional night for singer Christy Dignam who is preparing for his first live performance with Aslan since being diagnosed with cancer.
Aslan will open a two-gig stint at the Olympia Theatre tonight, their first live show in over a year.
And Dublin rocker Christy is in good form ahead of the concerts following a turbulent year during which he battled blood cancer.
Aslan will play the city-centre venue tonight and tomorrow. Tickets for the shows sold out in seven minutes.
“When he was diagnosed with cancer last year I thought that was the end,” said guitarist Billy McGuinness. “So the fact that Christy is getting back up on stage with us tonight is unbelievable.”
The group have been in rehearsals, but are taking things slowly to ensure that the 53-year-old is able for the series of gigs lined up for the band this summer.
“Dad is looking forward to getting back up on stage and the whole family will be there to support him,” said daughter Kiera.
In February 2013 Christy was diagnosed with cancer and the band stopped performing live shows, with the exception of the one-off Night For Christy which saw performances from top talent, such as U2, Bressie, Danny O’Reilly and Ryan Sheridan.
The group had hoped to put on an impressive gig in Dublin’s O2 last Christmas to welcome Christy back to the music scene, but McGuinness said the singer was “too weak” to do the 90-minute show.
But in January, Christy got the good news that his cancer is decreasing after chemotherapy.
In March, the group got together to announce that they were coming back for a series of gigs over the coming months, and last week they performed their new single, I Need A Little Time, on the Late Late Show.
After their sold-out Dublin shows, the boys will get ready to play the INEC in Killarney on July 26.
Kiera, who is a musician in her own right, said she is looking forward to performing a duet with her dad this summer.
“He’s not out fully gigging as that is just not an option at the moment,” she explained.
“But he can’t sit down and watch one of my gigs because he is hounded by people so he will usually get up in the middle of it and perform some tracks like Crazy World,” Kiera added.