Maynard James Keenan

Tool, Etc. Frontman Maynard James Keenan Reveals He Suffered Lung Damage & More After Contracting COVID-19 In February


Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan has revealed that he contracted COVID-19 in late February and continues to recover from ‘residual effects’ of it to this day. Speaking recently with, Keenan was asked of how he felt having the COVID-19 pandemic upend his 2020 touring plans with Tool.

In response, Keenan revealed that he himself had been diagnosed with the disease, here’s his response:

“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.”

He continued to say of his diagnosis:

“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.”

He went on to reveal that more in his circle of friends and family contracted the disease too:

“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.”

When asked if he is ‘feeling all right now?’, he responded:

“Well no. 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.”

Much of the conversation also centers around Keenan‘s forthcoming new Puscifer album “Existential Reckoning“, which is out October 30th. You can read more on that over at

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