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Noel: it was all about music, clothes, drugs, fucking football and having a great night out

MANCHESTER - Past midnight, May 1993. A phone ringing in the dark. The most terrifying sound on Earth, a sure-fire cause for panic. Unless you work with Alan McGee. "[It was] one of Alan's late night telephone calls saying he'd found the next greatest, biggest thing ever in the world", Dick laughs [Green, Creation's co-founder]. "It's like, 'Yeah, great, another one'. That was quite a regular occurence. Then he brought down a demo tape [that] had a version of Live Forever on it and it was like, 'OK, we'll believe you this time' ".
The story of how Alan McGee discovered Oasis by chance when he turned up early at an 18 Wheeler gig at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut while the band forced their way onto the bill to play for him has become so shrouded in misinformation and myth that many now believe the story to be apocryphal and that Alan was, in fact, tipped off weeks in advance by Sony.
Noel: "We were playing 'I am the walrus' and we could never work out an ending for it so Liam used to leave after he'd sung his bits and I would put some effects pedal on and I'd leave and then we'd go to the bar and watch the other three trying to work out a fucking ending". At this point, Noel assures us, he was approached by McGee, offered a deal, and chatted about the Pistols and The Beatles. "[We had ] mutual friends in Manchester and that was it."
After a classic deal-sealing handshake, Oasis signed to Creation four months later and Oasis were swiftly sequestered into Creation's cocaine culture.
Noel recalls, "The first day going into Creation, scrawled on the wall behind Tim Abbot's desk in big black felt pen was 'Northern Ignorance' and I thought, 'That kind of describes me, fucking love this place already, I've not been here two minutes'. It was all about the music, the business side of it was looked after by someone else. It was all about the music and the clothes, the drugs, fucking football and going out and having a great night out, and who would not want to be in the middle of all that?"
Andy Bell (Ride, Beady Eye): "They'd redefined what pop music was. We felt about 20 years out of date immediately".
Nobody could have foreseen what would happen with Morning Glory. Fame and money beyond McGee's wildest dreams. He says: "It changed all our lives forever. We all managed to live the way we wanted to live. If you want to be crass about it, we lived the dream. Funnily enough, by the time I was allowed to live the dream, I'd already lived it! Hahaha! Probably the most exotic thing about Britpop was that I was fucking sober!"
From the outside, it seemed as if Millionaire McGee had replaced his drugs excesses with flashes of Abramovichian financial and egotistical extravagances. He took out a centre-spread advert in NME simply to print his own review of a Sex Pistols gig. He bought Noel a Roller on a whim ("I'd promised him one night that if he sold so many million records that I'd buy him a Rolls-Royce!"). He hired Learjets to fly him and Innes to Italy to DJ at Fashion Week. And, seemingly gone totally Howard Hughes, on his return to the office he bought himself an entire building across the road that only he and Bobby Gillespie were allowed to enter. Alan laughs. "I bought an office block, I've still got it. I had an art gallery and Gillespie used to come in and talk to me every day. Me and Bobby used to sit there and go, 'Weird being big, isn't it?' I used to get told around '92 or '93, 'You've got £80,000 to sign a new band'. Then in '95 or '96 I got told I had £8 million to sign a new band! So I signed Kevin Rowland! I had a wish list that went 'Neil Young - taken; Paul Weller - tried, never got a meeting; Kevin Rowland - signed'!"
As the '90s wore on, Creation became synonymous with a different form of excess. Bands' whildest whims were indulged: Super Furry Animals were given 60-foot inflatable bears, a somewhat unfriendly single release including over 50 uses of the word 'fuck' and a tank decked out with a soundsystem to drive around the festival scene for a year: "We were questioning why he was spending £20,000 on a half-page advert in the music press," says Gruff Rhys, "when we could buy an armed vehicle for £11,000, put your name on it and have far more impact for your money".
And, of course, there was the ultimate ego-stoking extravagance: Knebworth.
"Knebworth was too big", says Alan, of that modest 1996 Hertfordshire gathering of Oasis' close friends and family. "It was like being at the Town And Country Club [now The Forum], and that was the VIP bit. It wasn't that much fun for me, not really".
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates


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.


new tour


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)



fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
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