An evening of chat and chips with Alan McGee

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Rock and roll royality will be present in Oban on Thursday June 6 when music industry executive and Scottish businessman Alan McGee makes a one-off appearance at the Corran Halls.

Best known for co-founding and running  the independent label Creation Records and the man who discovered and signed Oasis, McGee is coming to town as part of an 18-leg tour which takes in venues in Scotland, England, and Wales.

Born in East Kilbride but now living in London, McGee is looking forward to returning to his homeland, where he and tour talkshow host John McNeil (The Zips) will entertain audiences in Dunoon, Edinburgh and Aberdeen as well as Oban.

Speaking to the Oban Times last week McGee said: ‘I haven’t really been back home for around 30 years, so I’m really looking forward to it, especially the fish and chips.’

The opening half of the show will see McNeil and McGee discuss his career, the music industry, plus the inside track with bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream before the audience get the opportunity to ask their own questions.

Described as being honest and entertaining, McGee is looking forward to his visit to the north west despite having been sceptical about the idea of a tour to start with.

‘I didn’t plan to do this, we did a few shows and then more came in, I like to keep myself busy so I just went with it,’ he added.

‘I’m not really sure what to expect from the Argyll audience but hopefully there will be lots of questions.

‘I enjoying chatting and meeting new people so I’ll answer almost anything relating to myself, there is plenty to ask.’

McGee’s autobiography, Creation Stories: Riots, Raves And Running A Label, which was released in 2013, is soon to be made into a film, written by Irvine Welsh, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting’s Spud) as McGee.

‘The film is about my childhood and Creation, and basically the madness of it all,’ he said.

McGee has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian.

He was also largely responsible for changing government legislation  in which a new deal gave musicians three years to develop and be funded by the government instead of having to take other jobs to survive.

Tickets are available from the Corran Halls.