Spiteri Amazed By McErlaine’s Return To Health

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August 5, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Scottish singer Sharleen Spiteri is still shocked by her Texas bandmate Alistair Mcerlaine’s recovery from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage.
The musician collapsed in September 2009 and spent a month in an intensive care unit following an emergency operation in London, before having to relearn many basic tasks.

McErlaine has now fully bounced back and the band is marking his return to Texas with a performance at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in Scotland on Friday night.

And Spiteri admits she’s still in awe of her pal’s comeback.

She tells the Daily Record, “It is amazing to have Ally back performing with us. We ran into Bryan Adams the other week. He said it was astonishing to see Ally up there doing it and that gives you a nice feeling after what happened.

“It is funny for me to think that a couple of years back we were getting a phone call to say there was a good chance Ally wasn’t going to be here, that he wouldn’t pull through. Now we are standing with him on stage and it feels right. He is doing such a great job. It’s amazing and it’s weird at the same time.

“There is a tendency to want to put a thing like what happened to Ally behind you, and Ally certainly doesn’t want to make a big deal about it or anything. We are just very thankful he is still here and he is able to play.”

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