Noel Gallagher Reveals Close Brush With Death

Over the past few weeks, English rock star Noel Gallagher has been involved with numerous interviews in the led up to his second solo album of his career, Chasing Yesterday, which is out on March 2. Recently, Noel opened up about his recent health problems.

Gallagher got the news of his health scare on a routine annual check-up at the doctor’s office where he felt “all right”. Despite not disclosing the illness, he stated that he felt like “was about to drop dead in the street.”

“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.”

The 47-year-old songwriter revealed that he suffered from glandular fever and tinnitus.

“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 could not even put my hand in my pocket.”

Gallagher, who had recently criticized the current state of popular music in England, went on to explain his plight with the illness. He spoke about his chance of dying if he did not take his medication.

“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.”

Despite the risk, Gallagher confessed he decided to kick the pills.

“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.”

Meanwhile, an award that Gallagher won in 1996 is up for auction. Noel Gallagher won the New Musical Express (NME) “Oscar” after its readers voted his band ‘The Musical Event of the Year’ in 1995/96.

Noel Gallagher was unhappy that the magazine editor failed to acknowledge the death of Rob Collins, keyboard player with The Charlatans. When accepting the honor, he threw it up in the air, breaking the two forefingers of the famous award.

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