Korn Vocalist Talks About Suffering From “Long COVID” + Being “Fatigued Like Crazy”

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Last August, Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis shared that he tested positive for COVID-19. Because of this, the band ended up having to postpone six shows and cancelling two shows. In a recent interview with Lipps Service With Scott Lipps, as transcribed by Blabbermouth, the Korn vocalist talked about how he’s still struggling with issues related to COVID.

Per that interview, in talking about his struggles with COVID-19, Davis shared the following:

“I think I got that long COVID stuff. I’m still fatigued like crazy. I’m doing the best I can. But I’m alive. And hopefully in time this will get better.”

The Korn vocalist was then asked about how he feels about touring during the pandemic, to which Davis replied with this:

“I’m gonna live my life and get on with it. I definitely cater my life around not getting sick, though, because if I get sick, there’s no show. COVID or not, that’s been my life my whole career. I’ve got my own bus. I stay away from people on purpose because if I get sick, there’s no one to fill in for me. With the other guys, when they all got sick with COVID, we had people on standby; they flew out instantly, they could fill in and we could do a show. But with me, I’ve gotta be careful. I always have been, but it’s now to the point where I’m like… A year ago, that was, like… I was freaking out. [Laughs] I was, like, ‘I don’t wanna get this.’ And I go out on tour and I get it. And there you go.”

Per a conversation wit Lou Brutus of HardDrive Radio last November, Davis talked about testing positive for COVID-19.

“I was at a gig in Scranton,” he recalled. “My girl had tested positive three days prior, I believe. So I was hoping [I wouldn’t get infected]. I kept testing. I was, like, negative, negative, negative. I was, like ‘Oh, I just dodged a bullet.’ Then [I tested] positive. And I was scared shitless; I was freaking out. They rushed me right to the hospital and they did all these tests on me. They said, ‘Okay, it doesn’t look like you have the markers for the bad. We’ll let you go.’ And it never went into my lungs. I was totally wiped out. I couldn’t move — just the body aches. I didn’t eat for a month, damn near. But thank God it didn’t get into my lungs; that would have freaked me really out. But I got through it and tested negative on the 25th, I think, and I played a show the next day. And I was beat up, but I just couldn’t find it in my heart… I just wanted to get through it because I saw how happy people were to see live music. And I just didn’t wanna let anyone down. So I’m, like, ‘I’m gonna just sit down and get through this. At least it’s a live show. And I’m just gonna give it all.’ And we just pulled it off. I did the whole tour. Unfortunately, Munky got it and Ray got it. But we got through it. We just had some bad luck. But it is what it is. And we’re here all alive and happy. So it was overall a good thing.”


Words by: Michael Pementel