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from Zani: Alan on Noel: you either love it or hate it

It has been some time since Zani had a quick catch up with Alan McGee, so on one sunny day, with a little bit of rain and wind, we caught up with Alan in a hotel in the old smoke to have a quick natter about recent world events and the media’s take on them.
Fuelled by countless cappuccino and club sandwiches, we conversed….

Z – Following the death of Amy Winehouse… I understand you met her in 2004 with The Libertines…

Alan – Yeah, I was with the band at the time; we had just appeared on the Jonathan Ross show just before the second album had come out and we performed Can’t Stand Me Now on the show. She was on the same TV show – I think we met her in the Green Room, she was still just a kid but very weary of us. Pete Doherty was just doing his thing, walking about, Carl Barât was downing a bottle of Brandy and I had relapsed into drinking a bit. So it was like the A –Team kicking about, but she was very sweet, and she held her own. And as you know, her and Pete became good friends.
It is sad about her recent death, and there is a blame culture into in this society, but ultimately it’s down the individual if there is an addiction. If you want to sort it out, you can sort it out.

Z – Katy Georgiou wrote a nice tribute on Zani about Amy…

Alan – Yeah I saw it, it was cool.

Z – Noel’s latest single seems have caused a bit of stir and people say it is a return to form…

Alan – I think it’s a brilliant record, very much in the Neil Young mode. What’s great about it is that Noel is 43 [he's 44] and it appeals to all ages: you can be 60 years old or 16 and like it. He’s not trying to be somebody that’s he not, and that’s what Neil Young or Weller is doing. They are what they are; you either love it or you hate it, and most people love it.
[ok I hate it, lol. I think it's not just age but which kind of people: old retired people or depressed teenagers]

Z – You have had your differences recently with Primal Scream’s front man Bobby Gillespie, but now it seems you are friends again and you state that they are smashing it at festivals…

Alan – Our relationship has been more on than off; I fell out with Bobby for about five years over something petty. Which in a bizarre way was a good thing, as I’ve known him for over forty years and we needed a break from each other.
I remember when they announced that they were going out on the road and performing Screamadelica, and I thought whatever, as I’m not into bands revisiting old albums. I didn’t go into the early show, and then I went to the Cardiff show with Tony Rivers and all that mob. There were 1,500 people and it was like The Stones at their best, nobody could touch them that night. Seeing them that night, I knew they’d bring down the roof at the festivals and across Europe and they did.
But why Screamadelica is still relevant, I have no fucking clue. But it is. They smashed Glastonbury, then the following week they were at T in The Park. Coldplay were on the main stage and The Scream were in a tent, and it was embarrassing for Coldplay as The Scream blew everybody away. Coldplay looked like geography teachers dressed up as Sgt Pepper.
[it was Liam saying they're like geography teachers :]
Primal Scream used to play Coldplay and U2 at their game and lose, but now they play Coldplay and U2 at their game and win, that’s the difference. They have become a major force, they’re an amazing band.

Z – The recent documentary, Upside Down, the film about Creation Records, has been a success, but I understand you have fallen out the director…

Alan – The film has been successful in terms of sales, and to me, the film has achieved what I wanted it to achieve in terms of spirit. But the director is a painful character, and if I never saw him in my life again I would call that a result.

Z – Let’s leave that one at that. OK, your son Dan Devine of the band Flats has made some rather harsh comments about you in the Scottish Tabloids; let’s hear your side of the story…

Alan – He was adopted 17 years ago; I finally met him when he was 16. We didn’t get on, but I wish him and his band all the best.

Z – Fair enough. You mentioned Tony Rivers earlier… I know Tony as he has written for Zani and now he has bought a pub in Mountain Ash, outside of Cardiff, called The Mountain Ash, which he has turned into a little scene of its own with bands and DJs playing there. It seems to be going from strength to strength.

Alan – There is more of a scene there than there is in Cardiff – it’s rocking. It’s a pub full of about 200 to 300 well-dressed Welsh maniacs; they are the best-dressed audience I have seen in ages. Into their music, clothes, football and just hanging out. Nice crowd, but there is an edge there. Tony Rivers is a top fella, author of The Soul Crew book and a massive Cardiff City fan.

Z – You always need an edge. I will have popped down there…Wales has certainly become your adopted home and I understand you moved there to study the Ley lines and Alistair Crowley?

Alan – But more of the chaos magicians: Austin Osman Spare, Peter J. Carroll, Alan Moore, Ray Sherwin, people like that. I love Crowley, but the chaos magicians are where I am at.

Z – I don’t know too much about magic, what is Chaos magic…

Alan – It is kind of Punk Magic, it takes a bit of this and that, it’s not Ritual Magic. It’s complex; maybe we should discuss it another time.

Z – I will have to look into it. I understand you have two mediums, and Gillespie tugged you about this because Hitler had a medium as well.

Alan – Yeah, when I told Bobby I was using a medium, the first thing he said was that Hitler had one as well. But I don’t compare myself to Hitler.

Z – Ha. Staying on the theme of power-crazed tyrants… I am surprised to see Rupert Murdoch being taken down.

Alan – I think the term taken down is too bold, I think the phone hacking thing is inexcusable and I think it has been going on for years, not just with Murdoch. Two things: Murdoch has pissed somebody at the top… I am not talking about government, I am talking way above that. So he has been taught a lesson. But the other thing is, you have to look at the bigger picture. Basically, they want people to get their news from the Internet, not the print. Look at GSM tracking on your mobile… people know where you are. So who is the biggest media mogul in the world? It’s Murdoch. They want everybody to be on computers, not buying newspapers, so it is about control and I think it is bigger. I don’t think it is as simple as we see it. As I said, they want people on computers, not the newspapers, and what’s the best way to do it, take out Rupert Murdoch and prove a point. What he’s lost, a lot…

Z – But he won’t starve…

Alan – I know that, he owes fucking Australia. But he has offended some fucker way beyond our reality.

Z – True…
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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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