Noel: I was told I could drop dead
Noel Gallagher has revealed a doctor told him he would "drop dead" if he didn't start taking medication.
The former Oasis star opened up to The Telegraph about how his doctor prescribed some tablets as he was suffering from a medical condition - but he refused to say what the condition was.
Noel said it was in 2013, after he had returned to London from touring, explaining: "It was awful. I had glandular fever, then 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.
"I won't go into it," he said, "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.
"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."
Noel, 47, said it was "a terrible year" but that things picked up last year.
The star, whose new album Chasing Yesterday is out in March, said: "But then again, as soon as I got back to work - I started this album on January 6 2014 - that took my mind off it, and I was all right."