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Alan: my regret over turning down Prince Charles

CARDIFF - As the man behind Oasis, he is responsible for some of the most anti-establishment sounds of the past generation.
But Mid Wales-based music supremo Alan McGee has spoken of his regret at shunning an invitation to attend supper with Prince Charles – although he was pleased to give his house keys to ex-US president Bill Clinton.
The Creation Records boss, who has settled in Hay-On-Wye, is the first to admit that he was taken aback by all the attention and invitations from influential people he received at the height of the ’90s Britpop phenomenon.
By 1996, thanks chiefly to Oasis, Britpop’s influence was capturing attention all over the world – including America – in a Beatles-like wave.
“In the middle of all that, I got a note from Prince Charles asking would I like to come for supper?” said McGee, whose roster included the likes of Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Wales’ very own Super Furry Animals.
“For a week I was going to go and I just left the invitation on the sideboard before I replied. But then I just couldn’t bring myself to go. Prince Charles asked me to go to supper and I knocked him back! I’d pretty much forgotten about being asked to go until I was watching the royal wedding with my family. While they were looking at Kate’s dress, I suddenly found myself focusing on Prince Charles and I ended up thinking to myself, ‘I really should have gone to that supper with him’. Now at 50, I actually wish I had done it because now I would know how royalty think. I don’t know why I didn’t go – my wife Kate wanted to go. And I wish I had gone now because it isn’t every day that you get asked into royal company.”
But the invite was not, by any stretch, the only brush he has had with international figureheads.
Before Clinton made his headline-grabbing appearance at Hay Festival in 2001, when he famously described the event as the “Woodstock of the mind”, McGee said festival director Peter Florence approached him for a favour.
“I was DJing in Chicago at the time and I got an email from Peter asking if I would put Bill Clinton up at my place,” McGee told the Western Mail.
“When I told him I was in America he asked, ‘Can he have your house keys?’ So I gave him them. I was told that Bill Clinton had a nice stay and looked through my vinyls and commented that he thought it was a good collection.”
It was another political connection – with Tony Blair – that saw McGee criticised in some quarters.
The 1996 Labour Party conference saw the not-yet-PM being presented with an Oasis platinum disc by McGee.
And in the wake of the Blair landslide, McGee was rewarded for the part he played in the UK’s rock music scene achieving sky-scraping commercial success with an invite to a still- infamous Downing Street reception.
On July 30, 1997, McGee and his wife Kate, along with Noel Gallagher and Meg Mathews, joined Lenny Henry, Simon Mayo, Anita Roddick and Tony “Baldrick” Robinson to congratulate the new Prime Minister on his victory.
The Glaswegian says he has no regrets about taking up that particular invitation.
“When I met Tony Blair it helped me to understand how New Labour think,” said McGee.
“I got involved with government legislation and I even saw Peter Mandelson dance – and that is not something I want to see again! But the royal family is so anti what I stand for as a person. Even so, I regret not going to supper with Prince Charles, it would have given me the chance to understand them.”
McGee co-founded Creation in 1983.
In the rockumentary, Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, McGee talks candidly of the trail which led from humble beginnings in Glasgow, via drink and drug dependency, to being wined and dined at Downing Street by Tony Blair.
McGee and the Super Furry Animals attended the Welsh premier of the movie in Cardiff earlier this month.

Sally Williams
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30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
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28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


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