Oasis founding drummer Tony McCarroll, 50, is ‘not out of the woods’ after being rushed to hospital following heart attack
Founding Oasis member Tony McCarroll has revealed he was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack this week and said he ‘is not out of the woods’.
The original drummer for the Manchester-based band which catapulted Noel and Liam Gallagher to superstardom said he was admitted to hospital on Thursday and praised the NHS for his treatment.
McCarroll, who left the band in 1995, said on Twitter: ‘Hi All. Wanted to let you know I was admitted to hospital on Thursday after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday night.
Founding Oasis member Tony McCarroll (pictured, left, and, right, with Oasis) revealed he was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack this week and said he ‘is not out of the woods’.
McCaroll (pictured with the original line-up for Oasis) said he is not out of the woods yet
‘I’m not quite out of the woods as yet but just want to give a massive big up to our #NHS. We are more than fortunate to have such a service! Thank you!! X’
The musician’s Twitter was soon flooded with messages from fans who wished him a speedy recovery.
McCarroll was first in a band with childhood friend Liam Gallagher called The Rain but Liam, who was the band’s singer, later changed the name to Oasis after being inspired by an album cover.
Noel joined the band soon after and McCarroll has claimed in the past that he was involved in writing some of Oasis’ biggest hits including Supersonic.
Although McCarroll got on with his bandmates in the early days, Noel began to publicly slam McCarroll’s drumming, stating it was not good enough.
The animosity peaked after the band recorded What’s the Story? Morning Glory and his fellow musicians began to blank him about his status in the band.
Ex drummer Tony McCarroll (pictured performing with Oasis) received an out of court settlement in 1999 for £550,000 in exchange for giving up any royalties from the band’s songs
His final Oasis performance was on Top of the Pops when the band performed their first number one hit, Some Might Say.
In 1995, the drummer was replaced by Alan White who remained with the band until 2004.
While Noel claimed he was replaced because he wasn’t good enough, Tony has claimed it was because he stood up the Noel.
What followed was a high-profile legal case in 1999 where McCarroll attempted to sue Oasis for £18million in which he argued he was still entitled to his part of the band’s five-album record deal.
The case was settled out of court for £550,000 and McCarroll agreeing to give up any royalties from the band’s songs.
In an interview with the Manchester Evening News in 2019, Tony said he spent the next three years travelling in a bid to avoid the glare from Oasis’s rise to worldwide stardom.
In an interview with MEN in 2019, McCarroll (far left with Oasis) revealed he travelled the world and got drunk for three years after leaving the band in a bid to get away from their rise to fame
Oasis’s original line-up when the band was started consisted of (L-R) Tony McCarroll, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Liam Gallagher, Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan and Noel Gallagher in 1994
He said: ‘With the band I was used to travelling, touring. I just needed to get away.
‘The band were getting bigger, good on them, but I needed to get away from the whole thing.
‘So I began to ignore and neglect a few things and got away.
‘I lived in the States, Tenerife. Really I got drunk for three whole years. But at the same time the court case was all ongoing, so I’m trying to get away from it all but I’m also dealing with questions from solicitors round the clock.
‘And that just wasn’t me. I was a young lad, I didn’t appreciate or care about law and litigation and I was just gutted I had to go through that.
‘It dragged and it dragged and it dragged when it should have been dealt with in a much better way.’