Noel Gallagher has revealed that doctors told him he would “drop dead” if he stopped taking prescribed tablets for an unspecified medical condition.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Gallagher opened up about the health problems he suffered in 2013, which included glandular fever and tinnitus.
“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,” said Gallagher.
“I won’t go into it,” he continued, refusing to give specifics about one particular condition, “but I [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.
“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.”
The 47-year-old did, however, come off the medication: “I was taking them for months and they made me feel awful. So I quit taking them and I feel great again. But I was thinking, the health game’s a racket.”
Gallagher has done a number of interviews recently as he prepares to release new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, which is out on March 2. Speaking to NME, he admitted he would love to accept Carl Barât’s invitation to produce the new Libertines album, but the band’s insistence on recording abroad means he will be unable to participate.
“We’ve exchanged a few emails but unfortunately they want to do it in Thailand,” Gallagher said. “With the best will in the world, I’m on tour and I can’t do it. I would genuinely love to be involved but they’re going to do it in Thailand and I can’t be in Thailand.”