Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) has shared that he contracted COVID-19 back in February, and is still recovering from some “residual effects”.
In an interview discussing the forthcoming Puscifer album, ‘Existential Reckoning’, Keenan also shared his experience with contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.
You can read some excerpts from the interview below, where Keenan discusses the ongoing pandemic and how contracting the virus has affected him and his family.
“Well, I’m not a delicate flower. You make the adjustment. “OK, well, we can’t do that. So what are we gonna do? Are we just gonna take this opportunity to unplug and kind of step back and reevaluate everything?” It was good. I mean, I was still recovering from having gotten COVID at the end of February. I’m still dealing with the residual effects. But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty. So I definitely had to deal with that.
…I kind of didn’t want to run around screaming it. But it’s real. And there’s after-effects. I had to go through some major medications to undo the residual effects. Still coughing. There’s still lung damage.
Several of my friends, too. Very not old people, young people, in shape, runners, who contracted it as well. And they’re still dealing with some of the after-effects. I lost a few family members.
…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.”
Puscifer‘s fourth full-length album, ‘Existential Reckoning’, is set for release on October 30th 2020 via Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG.