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interview with Paul Gallagher, djing for Alan McGee's Greasy Lips Club

photo: Alan, Kate Moss and BP Fallon djing

THERE is sibling rivalry and then there is the open hatred that appears to have been simmering between Noel and Liam Gallagher for years.
It all exploded in spectacular fashion last year when the brothers announced they were calling time on Oasis, the band they had fronted since 1991 and with who they sold more than 60 million records.
Paul, the oldest Gallagher, was watching in the wings. A DJ in his own right, he was due to perform at the Paris gig after-party when the news broke.
Did the break-up come as a shock?
"No, not really," he says. "They split up and went home and I stayed and played the after-show. One of us had to be a professional. I didn't got to Paris to see them. I went to play. Liam is still making music. Beady Eye, the new album is pretty good so we'll see what happens."
Paul started DJing in 1989 but gave up with the rise of acid house, a brand of music which didn't agree with his rock'n' roll view of the world. After stints in sports journalism and artist management, he returned to the decks after being asked to perform in Belgium.
"I've been DJing on and off since 1989, and I took a 15-year break," he says. "1990 was all acid house, then there was all the dance music thing.
"I was told to change, I went 'Change to what? Dance music?' I'd rather die.
"I went back to it in 2005. I met this lad outside a pub in London and we got talking about music. He had a club in Ghent, and asked me if I'd go over and DJ. We had a thousand kids every month, but their idea of rock'n'roll and my idea is way off. I play 1950s, 60s, Motown and ska. Their idea of rock'n'roll is Kings Of Leon."
Ouch. Nobody does a blunt put-down quite like a Gallagher.
Paul now regularly appears at various club nights run by Alan McGee – the man behind the rise of his younger brothers after famously discovering them playing in King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. Something of an icon when it comes to nurturing new talent for that very reason, Alan has managed everyone from The Charlatans and Primal Scream to The Libertines. Following the success of his music nights at Brixton Jamm, McGee set up the touring Greasy Lips Club, which arrived at The Underground, Hanley, last night.
Paul says: "The club started in Liverpool in February. We've been in Manchester, Southampton, London and this is the first time in Stoke-on-Trent."
Showcasing the best unsigned talent around, all the acts on the bill have been handpicked by Alan and fellow promoter Jamie Kelly. Paul will be taking on the role of DJ. And after seeing up-and-coming local group The Rivalry perform in London, the organisers were keen to ask the Stoke-on-Trent boys to get on board. Rivalry lead singer Rob Hawthorne, from Sneyd Green, says: "We got approached by Alan and Jamie to play at Brixton Jamm in July last year and it went really well.
"We took a coach-load down with us. We played at another one of his nights in Liverpool and afterwards got talking to Alan and Jamie. He really liked some of our songs. We suggested to Jamie that they should get up to Stoke-on-Trent and they seemed up for it so it's gone from there."
Paul, meanwhile, praises Rob and his bandmates, who formed three years ago and have already amassed a large local following.
"They're are an OK band," he says, in typical laid-back Gallagher style. "I saw them in Liverpool. They're the best band that's been on Greasy Lips so far."
Other acts on the bill last night included Vellocet, The Decision and Jo-EE-T.

Well, Noel doesn't think the same about dance music, in his youth he worked with that kind of music, and you can still see something in Oasis last cd, where songs have been remixed (Alan liked this very much).
As Paolo Hewitt (Italian origins) wrote in his main Oasis book:

"Noel non si dimenticò mai di come l'avevano fatto sentire quei gloriosi, trascendentali ritornelli house, che gli ricordavano tanto la musica irlandese e i cori da stadio; ben presto cominciò a inserirli nella propria musica, con effetti a dir poco devastanti".

about how Noel never forgot the glorious dance music refrains and how made him feel, reminding him of Irish music and stadium choruses, so Noel started to put something of that in his music, with devastating results.
I know there's some difference between house, disco, dance music, but here it was meant that kind of music.
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30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


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3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



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