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Upside Down review

LONDON - It's startling how well-documented - in print and on celluloid - British music from the '90s has become.  Muscling into that crowded marketplace, Danny O'Connor's Upside Down picks Creation Records as its subject, with the label's founder Alan McGee as its flawed hero. Like a solid Oasis album track, O'Connor's direction is far from groundbreaking, but it's also ruthlessly efficient. As in Julian Temple's Pistols doc The Filth & The Fury, archive footage is blended with contemporary interviews (in b&w) for a narration-free recollection of what was one of the last great independent record labels.
($18=£11)
There's the obvious drawback of squeezing 25 years into 100 minutes. Despite an admirable attempt to cover the broad scope of Creation (The Loft to Oasis, Ride to Swervedriver, Jesus and Mary Chain to Super Furry Animals), some acts - and countless stories - naturally fall by the wayside (Wot, no Mishka?! Meanwhile, the phrase Be Here Now is not mentioned once). Those whose appetite is whetted by the film would do well to read David Cavanagh's My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize - despite McGee's poor opinion of it.
What makes Upside Down always watchable is the story it tells about music that mattered. It gains from the refreshing approach of the major players - McGee included - who avoid the temptation to recast events and paint themselves as heroes or visionaries. Unlike Blur's self-regarding No Distance Left To Run, there's a real understandin4 stars out of g that magical moments in pop history are rarely calculated - and they also don't come from nowhere. A key clip finds a refreshed McGee in Manchester, embracing Acid House and being interviewed by Factory boss Tony Wilson. Asked why he moved up north, McGee plainly responds: "A better class of drug, Tony." What Upside Down neatly reveals is that - as well as the genius of people like Kevin Shields, Bobby Gillespie and the Reid brothers - it's unlikely serendipity and wonderful insanity that are the real drivers of pop.

Four stars out of five


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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates

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
..... € 10 = £ 8
 

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