Following on from their three sold out shows in Vicar Street over Christmas, Dublin rock legends Aslan have announced that they will play an outdoor gig in the Iveagh Gardens this summer.
Their ‘Made in Dublin: Revisited’ tour will hit the capital on Friday July 7th with tickets on sale now.
Lead singer Christy Dignam says he is looking forward to the show:
“It’s great to be playing such a prestigious gig as the Iveagh Gardens and we promise to make this a night to remember.”
The Finglas natives are also set to play a sold out show in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on March 16th.
Acts that have performed in the Iveagh Gardens in the past include Damien Rice, The Frames as well as Chic & Nile Rodgers.
Undoubtedly their most successful record, the group have taken their Made in Dublin album on the road across Ireland over the past few months accompanied by a string quartet, percussionist and keyboardist in an effort to recreate that famous 1999 concert.
This Is- Aslan (Live at Vicar Street: 1999).
Formed in Finglas in 1982, the rockers have become Dublin icons with albums such as Feel No Shame, (1988) Goodbye Charlie Moonhead (1994), Waiting For This Madness To End (2001), and Nudie Books and Frenchies (2012) all achieving Irish chart success.
It hasn’t been plain sailing for Christy, Billy, Alan, Joe and Rod. The band split in 1988 as a result of Christy’s long term heroin addiction only to reform in 1993.
Christy himself has certainly led an extraordinary life. Experiences of sexual abuse at an early age are ones that led him to drug addiction, he says. He became engulfed in the Dublin heroin epidemic of the 1980’s and was soon heavily addicted, so much so that the band took the decision to axe him from the group.
In an effort to get clean, Christy entered multiple rehabilitation programmes including one in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.
He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Amyloidosis in 2010.
Speaking about his condition he said:
“The thing I have is called amyloidosis and there’s no cure for it, I think only five people in every million have it, I think there’s only four or five people in the country with it.”
Despite his trauma Christy says that he tries to stay positive and that he plans to continue to sing as long as he is fit and able.
Christy Dignam discusses his illness on The Ray D’Arcy Show (2016).