LAWSON lead singer Andy Brown and his band mates welcomed their namesake, Walton Centre neurosurgeon David Lawson, on to the stage on Saturday.
The band, who have had four top 10 hits including Brokenhearted and Standing in the Dark visited the hospital on Saturday, before their ECHO arena concert in Liverpool in the evening.
Andy, who was treated at the trust in 2007 for a rare brain tumour, was reunited with Mr Lawson and introduced him to the rest of the band.
They spent several hours at the hospital, where they met patients and staff and were mobbed by visitors for pictures and autographs.
Aughton-born lAndy said: “The hospital has changed a lot since I was here, but it’s great to be back.
“All the staff are so nice and Mr Lawson is incredible. He’s always been an inspiration; he’s great with words and made me feel so at ease when he talked me through the operation and everything he was going to be doing.
“I was in for a good couple of months, I had my 20th birthday in here and I remember the staff let me go home for the night to watch Liverpool in the Champions League final on TV.”
The keen Liverpool fan also revealed that the band had turned down the chance to appear at half time in the club’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield so that they could visit the trust.
An emotional night at the ECHO arena gig was made all the more special when the band invited Mr Lawson on stage during the encore.
Thousands of fans chanted Mr Lawson’s name as the band told the crowd their story, adding “we owe him everything” and saying he was their “inspiration”.
It even led to a social media storm as #thankyoumrlawson was trending on microblogging site Twitter.
Mr Lawson said: “Meeting the band, and seeing their exuberance at the success of the evening, underlined the fact that sometimes you must believe in yourself enough to simply go for it, no matter what others might advise. And Andy has certainly done that.”