Wednesday 17 July 2019

'I got depressed when I couldn't gig' - Christy

Christy had forgotten songs
Christy had forgotten songs

Christy Dignam has told how he became "really depressed" when he was sick and unable to perform.

The Aslan singer (58) was diagnosed with amyloidosis in 2013 and is currently receiving his third course of chemotherapy.

As the band have released their first single in five years, Now I Know, Dignam is thrilled he can perform again.

"When I was sick, I thought I was going to die and I was thinking, on the scale of things, there are kids out there starving," he said.

"I thought, 'you've wasted your whole life singing'. The depression only lifted when I started gigging again. I need to do it to exorcise the demons.


"That's just the way I felt at the time, I don't think that today. When I'm not gigging, my head goes into dark places. I need that. I would go insane if I wasn't doing this."

The Dubliner admitted it was a strange experience returning to making music as he had forgotten much of Aslan's previous material during his treatment,

"It was a bit weird. You get chemo brain when you do chemotherapy. Your memory goes," he told the Herald.

"I had forgotten the songs and I had to learn them again, but it's great to be back."

Currently going through chemotherapy, the singer is grateful treatment has not harmed his vocals.

"I feel a bit chilly at the moment. You can't taste food and you don't really sleep," he said.

"I am still able to gig and it hasn't affected my voice, which is great."

The Finglas man confirmed Aslan will be performing in Vicar Street again this Christmas.

"We are doing three in Vicar Street, that's become a tradition. I've never seen the band more popular. All the gigs have been sold out," he said

"If we stopped being relevant and I thought we were flogging a dead horse, I would stop immediately but people are still coming to the gigs and we still love doing it."

Aslan are currently on their Feel No Shame 30th Anniversary Tour. An extra date at the Iveagh Gardens has been added for July 13. Tickets are on sale from ticketmaster.ie. Their new single is also on sale now.

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