Apparently Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has contracted COVID-19 for a second time and talk about bad luck.
While appearing on George Stroumboulopoulos’ Apple Music Hits Show this week, Keenan said that he got the virus again in mid-November and it was so bad he had to go to hospital the following month, as per Variety.
“I don’t know if I said anything online, but I had it twice,” Keenan said. “Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe, couldn’t put two words together without going into a coughing fit.”
He also revealed that he chose not to stay in hospital after there were no ventilators available, instead returning to his home to deal with his symptoms.
“It was also kind of progressing into pneumonia,” Keenan said. “So if I stayed in the hospital, they said, ‘Okay, we can keep you here, but you’re fighting 12 other people for a bed and a ventilator we don’t have.’
Keenan’s first fight with COVID-19 came at the actual onset of the pandemic. While touring in Australia and New Zealand, he was among the first people to contract the virus. Based on his schedule, we deduced that Keenan got it in Melbourne.
He discussed this first battle in another interview with AZ Central in October: “I’m still dealing with the residual effects. But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty,” he explained. “I had to go through some major medications to undo the residual effects. Still coughing. There’s still lung damage.”
You can listen to the full episode with Maynard James Keenan here, where he also discussed his band Puscifer’s latest album, the aptly-titled Existential Reckoning, and his thoughts on modern rockstars.
“I think we almost need that new generation of — not responsible, because that’s boring — you know, crazy rockstar people, but not rockstar in the way it used to be where it was just self-destructive and you don’t make it past the age of 29,” he said. “Somebody that can be a voice of reason but also a loose cannon in a way.”