Maynard James Keenan Reveals He Had COVID-19: “It’s Real, and There Are Aftereffects”

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Given what a divisive political issue it’s become, doubt about the reality and intensity of the coronavirus has become part of everyday life in America. Even after President Trump was diagnosed with it, his dismissal of the virus’ deadly effects has inspired many of his followers to question what the media and scientific community have repeatedly told them about the disease. Now, a new celebrity COVID-suffered has come forward to hopefully put this to bed for metalheads: Tool and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan.

“It’s real. And there’s aftereffects,” Maynard said in a recent interview with AZ Central “I had to go through some major medications to undo the residual effects. Still coughing.

“There’s still lung damage,” continued Maynard. “I still have the cough. Every other day, I have these coughing fits because my lungs are still damaged at the tips. And I just got over the inflammation that was going on with my wrist and hands. I had an autoimmune attack on my system in the form of, like, a rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, from what I understand, it attacks weird spots and it’s random. So that’s what I got. That was my prize.”

When asked about the possibility of touring with Puscifer to promote the band’s upcoming album Existential Reckoning, Maynard replied, “I would love to go out on tour. But I wouldn’t want to put my family through that if something awful happened to friends or family because of it.”

There: Maynard says the disease is real, it has aftereffects, and he’s suffering significantly from it. Hopfully, this puts that issue to bed.

Puscifer’s Existential Reckoning comes out October 30th via Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer  Entertainment/BMG, and is available for preorder. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below:

  1. Bread and Circus
  2. Apocalyptical
  3. The Underwhelming
  4. Grey Area 5.1
  5. Theorem
  6. UPGrade
  7. Bullet Train To Iowa
  8. Personal Prometheus
  9. A Singularity
  10. Postulous
  11. Fake Affront
  12. Bedlamite


Words by Chris Krovatin