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Friday 20 April 2018

Aslan axe gig over Christy cancer

SCAN: Christy Dignam
SCAN: Christy Dignam

PLANS by Aslan to play the biggest gig of their career in the O2 this Christmas have been abandoned.

Up to 45,000 fans had been expected at the massive concert which would have welcomed back singer Christy Dignam after his battle with cancer.

However, guitarist Billy McGuinness revealed last night that the 52-year-old is simply "too weak" to attempt the 90-minute concert.

"Christy would try it if we let him, but as he puts everything into his performance, it's too much of a risk," Billy told the Herald.

"His energy levels are low and we simply don't think Christy has the strength to be on stage."

Dignam is recuperating after months and months of intense chemotherapy to battle blood cancer.

However, Aslan hope that after he travels to the UK for a scan his cancer will be diagnosed as decreasing.

"Christy is very positive but we are not making a move until the results of that scan come back," added McGuinness.

There is more disappointment for fans with the news that the band have abandoned plans to release a DVD of their 'Night For Christy' tribute gig due to clearance rights.

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Jedward, Horslips, Mary Black, Ryan Sheridan, Tom Dunne, Jerry Fish, Steve Wall and U2 on video were among the other acts who took part on June 21 which raised €40,000 to meet the cost of Dignam's medical bills.

Instead, Aslan have issued a live album, 30, which was recorded at the same Olympia Theatre in August 2012.

Meanwhile, Billy McGuinness is keeping busy as one of the mentors hoping to find next year's Irish Eurovision entry.

He said Aslan fans have been 100pc supportive adding: "I put a notice up on the website telling everyone, and all I heard back was 'Great Billy. Just no gimmicks'."

ksweeney@herald.ie

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