In Summer 2000 Aslan toured Australia for the first time to promote the release down under of the album “Shame About Lucy Moonhead” and in the process, sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Aslan ended 2000 by playing their first gig in the Netherlands to a sell out crowd and then returned to home soil to sell out the Point Theatre again on Dec 27th.
In the Spring of 2001 Aslan recorded a single, “She’s So Beautiful”, (featuring Sinead O ‘Connor on backing vocals,) which entered the Irish singles charts at number 9. The band released the follow-up “Different Man” which charted at number 7.
In September 2001, the band’s most recent studio album, “Waiting For This Madness To End” went straight into the Irish Album charts at number 1, out selling the number 2 album four times over. The following week it remained at number 1 and kept Kylie Minogue off the top spot! “Waiting For This Madness To End” hit the platinum sales mark after only four weeks.
In Christmas 2001 Aslan again sold out the 9000 capacity Point, and in 2002 Aslan were nominated for eight categories of the Hot Press readers poll, demonstrating the immense following the band have in their homeland.
October 2005 and the band release a 48 track CD, simply called The Platinum Collection. The album chronicles the singles, b-sides and rarities of their long career. The platinum collection went into the charts at no. 3 and after a few weeks lived up to its name by achieving triple platinum sales.The same year also say a successful sold out show in the Point marking the platinum collections release.
2007 saw the release of “For Some Strange Reason” which was produced by Ger McDonnell. It went straight into the top 10 album charts at number 7.
In February 2008, Tony McGuiness left the band and moved to Australia. He was replaced by Rod O’Brien and in 2009, the band released a covers album “Aslan UNCASE’d” which went straight into the charts at number 2. It was kept off the number 1 spot by Eminem. The single from the album, John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” was play listed on every station in Ireland and has become an Aslan favourite at their live gigs.
2010 saw the band undertake an extensive Australian tour which took them to Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra which was a great success with a lot of the gigs sold out!
On the 19th April 2012, the band attended The Savoy cimema for the world premier of their film “Please Don’t Stop” which tells the full story of the bands 30 years together. The film was made by three friends of the band; Paul Andrews, Daragh Murphy and Ronan Quinn and it received a standing ovation at the end. A DVD of this movie is being released in September 2012!
The following day, 20th April 2012, their album “Nudie Books and Frenchies” was released on the E.M.I. label and went straight in at No. 1 in the Irish charts! Not only did the fans like the album, but the critics described it as one of Aslan’s best albums to date and it received rave reviews across the board.
Towards the end of 2012, Christy was admitted to hospital with a chest infection. Little did anyone know but Christy had cancer which was blood cancer, amalydosis, which was attacking his heart. He was transferred to Beaumont hospital where a pacemaker was fitted and more tests could be done. It looked like the end for Aslan.
In June 2013, A Night For Christy was organised in the Olympia Theatre which Christy attended. The vibe for the night was that all the acts had to perform an Aslan song. Such was the demand from acts that Aslan could have done a week in the Olympia. The list of acts that performed were Paul Brady, Danny from The Coronas, Gavin Friday, Bressie, Riptide Movement, Horslips, Jedward, Steve Wall, Tom Dunne, Don Mescall, Mary Black, ORB, Kiera Dignam, Gavin James, Ryan Sheridan, Damien Dempsey & U2.