Dignam formed an early version of Aslan called Meelah XVIII. Meelah XVIII created a recording for The Dave Fanning Show on 2FM in 1980. The Meelah XVIII songs "Toy Soldier" and "Meelah Pt. 2" were included on the Aslan triple CD, The "Rarities" disc from "The Platinum Collection". Meelah XVIII musicians were Christy Dignam, Tony Talbot, Mick McKenna, Joe Jewell, and Gerry Conlon.
02/06/1981 Ivy Rooms, Dublin The Low, Economy
06/06/1981 St Carice’s Hall, Finglas Anti Toxic Rock Show The Atrix? The Low, Fruit Jungle
Denis Rusk Emmett and myself had tons of interaction with the lads when they were starting out, I changed more strings for Dave at gigs while he continued the set playing my Ibanez Les Paul...the black one, so much so that Dave always handed me a spare set of strings before every gig, I stood in when he was in hospital, I carried Larry's brand new drum kit into windmill lane and did a basic set up for the recording of Boy...countless other stories, but I don't go bleating on about them every day. I remember Emmett buying U2's latest single, whatever it was I can't remember but it was early and Bono dropping up to his house to hear it....the band didn't know it had even been released because they weren't sure about the mix...everyone has their personal stories but to us they are just fond memories. McCormick is in his 50's now. You would think he would let go. The article is meant to be about his new book but it's more of the same auld self promoting shite about how he is still best mates with Bono. As for the hot press being full of hippies....Bill Graham? Declan Lynch? George Byrne? Liam Mackey? The lads above....gimme a break. McCormick is a buffoon.
Aslan, hospital who took their name from the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis’s series of books chronicling the fictional land of Narnia, sickness (Aslan is the Turkish for ‘Lion’), emerged from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in Dublin’s Northside, in the mid 1980s. They released a demo single, ‘This Is’, in the Spring of 1986, which was a huge hit and became the longest ever play-listed single on Ireland’s pop radio station, RTÉ 2fm.
Oct 81 Mondnight res in Ivy Rooms
24/12/1982 Magnet Bar, Dublin
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