February 17, 2015

In a new interview with the U.K.‘s The Telegraph, Noel Gallagher reveals that he suffered a health scare in 2013 — and it was serious enough that doctors told him he could “drop dead.”

Noel Gallagher

Though the former Oasis singer didn’t go into great detail about the condition, he did say it included glandular fever and tinnitus. He also spoke about how he found out something was wrong, saying, “I went for my annual health check-up. And honest to God I felt all right when I went in, and the doctor made me feel like I was about to drop dead in the street when I came out.”

He declined to “go into it,” but added, that he also “got tinnitus in my ear, and I pulled two muscles in the back of my hand. Not from playing guitar; I cracked it on the side of something, and I bashed round the casing of the nerves. It was horrible. I couldn’t even put my hand in my pocket.”

The 47-year-old guitarist continued, “Then I went on holiday with the kids. And I was getting out of a swimming pool with one of them in my hand and did my back in. Then my doctor put me on these tablets – I won’t tell you what for – [and] told me that if I didn’t take them I would virtually drop dead.”

In the end, Gallagher said he stopped taking the medication because it made him feel awful. Now he feels “great again.” He called the whole “health game” a “racket.”

  • Gallagher’s new album, Chasing Yesterday, is due out in March.
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will kick off a U.S. tour in May.