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Alan dated a model but found Oasis. Life seeing nobody, but we're not alone: saw a UFO

NOWHERE, WALES - The Scottish music mogul who discovered Oasis admits he's getting old. Not only that, he lives miles from anywhere and hardly sees a soul.
Alan McGee brought us the biggest band of the Nineties, making a fortune and securing a place in music history.
But things have changed drastically from those wild, rock 'n' roll days.
Alan said: "I am 50. I am officially old.
"You can't blag anybody that you are not old once you turn 50.
"I live in the middle of nowhere in Wales, 40 minutes away from a train station.
"A lot of my life is spent seeing nobody.
"Occasionally, I'll go to London and Europe to DJ. So I don't think it's pipe and slippers for me yet."
The quiet life is a really remarkable turnaround for the Glaswegian who built Creation Records into the most influential label of the Eighties and Nineties.
But the former railway clerk insists he is happy in the Welsh countryside with wife Kate and daughter Charlotte, nine.
He sold Creation Records for pounds 30million to Sony in 1999 and retired two years ago.
And Alan revealed a UFO sighting led him to quit the music industry and embark on a path of self-discovery.
"I saw the UFO in 2007 and it changed my life," he said. "I should have been seeing my kid on her seventh birthday, but I was in Santa Monica doing drum tracks for the Dirty Pretty Things' second album.
"I was walking to a BBQ joint with producer Nik Leman when I looked up and saw a UFO going about 2000mph at 12,000ft, in and out of sight every five seconds.
"There was a noise as if someone was holding a guitar too close to a speaker, causing static.
"Then it stopped and the thing shot past at super speed and out of sight.
"I have a feeling it is the only UFO I am ever going to see. It changed my life because I thought, 'Other stuff does exist'."
The experience led Alan to investigate the works of occultists Aleister Crowley, who died in 1947, and Peter J. Carroll, a practitioner of chaos magic theory.
Alan said: "I started doing a lot of research and opened my mind up to a whole lot of other things.
"I'm not saying there were aliens on that UFO. It was probably a classified aircraft.
"But I can't explain what I saw and neither can Nik.
"It made me realise other stuff was possibly going on and it has taken me on a weird and wonderful journey and has got me into obscure books.
"It took me to a point of examining the fact that maybe we are not alone. I am really into Aleister Crowley. He was a misdiagnosed individual. I don't think he was a Satanist. If people want to call him a Satanist, fine. But he was a Libertarian. He was the biggest rock 'n' roller next to Elvis.
"I don't think Crowley would like the way he has been portrayed. I am obsessed by him and Peter J. Carroll.
"I'm interested in the spiritual side. I let every day roll. I've retired. But have I retired my brain? No.
"Do I have a sensible job? Probably being a house dad is a sensible job."
McGee's other-worldly confession coincided with a sedate 50th birthday party last night.
He said: "Just 12 people have been invited. In contrast, everybody was at my 40th. Joe Strummer was there and Bobby Gillespie. My 75-year old trade unionist mate was trying to pull Courtney Love. That was a celebrity party.
"My 50th birthday party could be described as being the opposite. Just my family, my daughter and my mother-in-law and a couple of friends.
"In terms of the disrespectful Alan McGee you used to know, I managed to cage that beast in 1994. I sobered up."
Next month, a documentary film about Creation Records called Upside Down will premiere at the British Film Institute.
Directed by Danny O'Connor, it tells the hedonistic story of the label which signed My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and The Jesus And Mary Chain among others.
"Danny absolutely captured the spirit of Creation just right," said Alan. "The film about Creation is the end of a chapter.
"When Noel Gallagher turns up on screen, it is mental. He must have been a comedian in another life.
"What I love about the movie is it captures the headbanger spirit of the label and the great people who worked for it and the great bands.
"It was psychotic. "We have been offered every film festival in the world, but I'm a house dad. My responsibility is to my daughter, not to promote a film that is the end of a chapter of my life.
"Luckily, Creation was successful enough that I did really well. I invested wisely in property and in art."
Recalling the moment he discovered Oasis in 1993, Alan said: "It was a complete fluke. Because I was single, I was always on the lookout for women.
"My sister was trying to hook me up with one of her mates who was doing a bit of modelling.
"I was on the chase so I went to King Tut's in Glasgow but she didn't show up.
"Oasis did show up and they were good. But it wasn't until they covered I Am The Walrus by The Beatles that I realised how good they were.
"I went up to Noel Gallagher and asked if he wanted a deal.
"He said: 'Who with?' I said Creation and we shook on it."
Alan hoped the Manchester band would sell 100,000 copies of their debut album, Definitely Maybe, earning gold certification.
His estimate was a little bit out. The album sold 12million and Oasis went on to become the most successful band of the Nineties, selling 70 million records worldwide.
Alan admitted his main regret was that his mum hadn't been around to see it. "My mum died in 1990, aged 54," he said. "Unfortunately, she didn't see the success Creation enjoyed or the Britpop thing. There is nobody on Earth who would have enjoyed thatmore."
Alan has no plans to come out of retirement.
He said: "I worked for almost 38 years. At 11, I was a paper boy. At 14, I was making doughnuts in a Glasgow bakery.
"At 16, I left school and became an electrician, then worked for British Rail.
"I hate revisiting the past. I'm kind of about the moment. People have asked me what I am doing in Wales.
"I am really into books. I am really into films. I am really into being a house dad. And I DJ a little bit as well.
"If that's the extent of my rock 'n' roll these days, so be it."
'I saw a UFO in 2007 and it changed my life. I thought - other stuff does exist'.


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2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

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

2011


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.

2012

new tour

2013

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



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

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.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


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

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

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

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
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