Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Says He Contracted COVID-19 Twice

During an interview with “Strombo” on Apple Music Hits, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.) revealed that he ended up contracting COVID-19 twice. The frontman previously said that he had the disease in February 2020 and has since confirmed that he had it again in “mid-November and ended up in the ER on December 1.” He also added:

“Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe. I could barely put two words together without going into a coughing fit that, you know? It ended up kind of also progressing into pneumonia. 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, so what do you want to do?’ I’m like, ‘Well, I need to breathe and I need to sleep.’ So, you’re just treating symptoms at that point. There’s nothing you can do other than treat the symptom, so for a real cough medicine, not the crap over-the-counter and then like an inhaler, and some antibiotics to fight the pneumonia and strap the fuck in.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Further Discusses His Battle With COVID-19 On “The Joe Rogan Experience”

As previously reported, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) recently revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the frontman discussed his battle with the disease even further.

Keenan said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I didn’t have a bad [case], yes and no. So it was one of those, you know I’m in Australia. We went out to dinner… and immediately food didn’t taste right, but this is now, this is all hindsight, right I didn’t know at the time. We didn’t know that these are the things you’re looking for, like immediately.

So nobody knew what to tell you. I immediately was sick, then I had to get on an international flight the next morning, fly to New Zealand on… I’m a super spreader [jokingly replying to Rogan], I brought it [to New Zealand], it was in me. And I put it in you.

So we got there, I was like four days in the hotel. Cuz we have four days off before the shows. So I was just drinking water, hot showers, taking care of myself, hot tea, just trying to get through it and it sucked. But you didn’t know yet that like what, how bad this thing could have been. if I’d have known how bad it could have been I would have been freaking out.”

[I] isolated pretty well like I you know I was, I grabbed the masks before I even got on the plane, because I just instinctually like just having, you know friends that are that are, you know, going to Taiwan and going to Japan like you just see the mask, like, Okay, I’m probably just gonna wear the mask anywhere on the plane.”

He continued when asked if all this happened before people were more aware of COVID-19:

“No, it was happening. I asked the doctor when I got to New Zealand ‘do you think this is COVID?’ He’s like, ‘did you have a fever?’ I’m like I don’t remember if I had a fever, well then ‘you didn’t have COVID.’ Okay.

So I got through that. I was able to do the [Tool] show I didn’t have to close my throat down enough [that[ I would have to cancel.”

“Then the next show was going to be in the Northwest…” [Rogan asks how hard it was to sing] “It was not, it was not fun. We had to kind of adjust to set around a little bit, don’t put the hard ones in. I got to Hawaii to go train with Luis.

And some of the guys there, Chad was a Muay Thai instructor. And I’m starting to do the Muay Thai I’m like, ‘dude, this hurts’ like, I’ve never, my hands have never hurt this bad. I thought maybe I sprained them because right after I recovered in New Zealand. I went and trained in New Zealand, thinking, I’m just gonna fucking gut it out, you know, I’m gonna walk it off, rub some dirt on it and I felt okay then.

But when I finally got to Maui, I’m like, this is not right. This hurts I can’t fucking do this. I thought well maybe I sprained my wrist, so months go by that they’re not healing, I’m going through harvest [at his winery] at this point and like nothing’s [changing] they’re not healing.

But I finally went to a doctor, an arthritis doctor, and he was like ‘okay so walk me through when you first saw…’ And I started walking him through everything he goes, ‘you had COVID.’ And what what are some of the side effects that you find are the are that inflammation.

So whatever I guess so it’s some kind of a rheumatoid response. That alone would be well maybe, I’m just 56 and I have arthritis, but my blood work was completely clean everywhere else no other issues anywhere else in my body but just the wrists, explaining that, but I still have the cough.

So whatever cough I had whatever cough I got in New Zealand, like every other day, I’ll have a coughing fit for, you know, for 10 minutes, coughing up stuff, so I have lung damage from from it still.”

He also talked about the disease having an impact on his martial art training:

“Yeah… my motivation is diminished because I’m like trying to do stuff and my hands hurt. Not anymore [though] not that I’m on medication.”

Rogan then made a joke saying Keenan was on meth, before the singer revealed that he has been taking a chemotherapy agent/immune system suppressant called Methotrexate:

“[It’s] is not fun to be on. But my wrists have cleared up… I’m back to, you know, doing stuff.”

He continued when Rogan asked if he has tried CBD:

“The Methotrexate goes for about, it’s like a you know I did, I’ve done it for now 10 weeks. I have another five weeks supposedly I’m gonna do, but I’m going to continue the CBD after that.”

Later in the chat, Keenan also discussed COVID-19 conspiracy theorists:

“I’m still feeling residual effects of that. I feel like there’s a bunch of people that that—maybe I didn’t almost die—I have friends who almost died. Yeah, it was close. So then you have people going… apparently I’m being paid to say this [that he contracted COVID-19]. Eat a dick dude.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Says He Is Still Dealing With “Residual Effects” From COVID-19 After Testing Positive In February

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) has revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Unfortunately, the frontman also added that he is still dealing with “residual effects” from the disease.

Keenan told azcentral.com the following while discussing the pandemic’s impact on touring:

“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 then discussed his diagnosis further:

“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 also confirmed that some of his friends and family members got infected 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.”

He also added the following when asked if he is “feeling all right now?”:

“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.”

Breaking Benjamin, Bad Wolves, Nothing More, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of A Perfect Circle’s “Judith”

Sterling Jackson (Vagus Nerve), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More), Aaron Bruch (Breaking Benjamin), and Meytal Cohen have teamed up for a quarantine cover of A Perfect Circle’s “Judith.” You can check that out below:

A Perfect Circle & Periphery Members Guest On New Till The Days End Song “The Road To Awakening”

Charity music collective Till The Days End have released a new song titled “The Road To Awakening.“ The track, which was mixed and mastered by Periphery’s Spencer Sotelo and engineered by Drew Mazurek (Dog Fashion Disco, Nothingface), features a number of guests including: Matt Halpern (Periphery), Matt McJunkins (A Perfect Circle), David Manning, and Justin Gosnell (Vestascension).

Till The Days End commented:

“‘While we were busy trying to save the world, we left ourselves behind.’

Today we linger in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic on what is typically Tax Day in America every year. The deadline to file your income tax has now been postponed for another 3 months. However, today we’d like to acknowledge all of the other services that are being taxed to the hilt during this horrific crisis.

Hospitals, unemployment, grocery stores – all taxed beyond capacity. Food banks, rescue missions, soup kitchens, and just about every relief program out there – all taxed to the breaking point, too.

All of the essential workers on the frontlines are being taxed as well, from the nurses working overtime in the ICU to the workers making sure your local market is stocked with fresh produce.

And then there’s the people behind closed doors, those stuck at home in isolation. For so many people, time spent alone in quarantine feels agonizing. And that despair is only compounded by staring out of the peephole through the lens of the 24-hour media portrayal of the ‘end times’, complete with an ever-increasing death counter. Record numbers of us are left with no work and little to no assistance.

Many are faced with the previously unimaginable choice between stay home and starve or find work and risk getting sick. With so many businesses permanently affected by this crisis, some of you won’t even have a job to return to. Or perhaps it’s not income that’s stressing you out but the isolation itself, with its inherent separation and self-reflection.

We humans are social beings, not meant to spend this much time alone without physical connection from family and friends. Whatever your particular source of stress during these troubling times, for so many the result is the same – we’re left feeling hopeless about the outcome.

We bear the burden of a side effect that is often overlooked in the media – being stuck at home, taxed by relentless anxiety and crippling depression.

We here at Till The Days End know that dark things hide behind closed doors. With that said, we are very proud to present ‘The Road To Awakening’, a song about the importance of self-care and the power we ALL hold within.

Every time you look in the mirror, you’re locking eyes with a person who has the power to love, the power to change, and the power to heal. If you are struggling with your mental health, fighting every urge in your body to relapse, this song is for you.

We know that it feels damn near impossible, but we implore you to take some time to focus on self-care through these trying days. If you’re struggling, please reach out and ask for help. Remember to step back and take a good look at the bigger picture and the individual place that we each hold within that picture.

Remember that we are all reflections of each other. The more you are able to love yourself, the better you will become at providing love to others. Lastly, we ask you to remember that circumstances outside of ourselves don’t define who we are within.

All proceeds from the sale and stream of ‘The Road To Awakening’ will go directly to the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, an organization dedicated to the aid of those who are struggling with their mental health and who need help the most.

You can purchase the song on our Bandcamp page here:
https://tillthedaysend.bandcamp.com/track/the-road-to-awakening

To learn more about the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, or to donate directly:
https://fcmha.org

A Perfect Circle’s Matt McJunkins To Perform In Poppy’s Backing Band

Matt McJunkins (A Perfect Circle, etc.) will be touring with Poppy as a bassist/vocalist in her backing band. McJunkins confirmed the news on Instagram. If you missed them, you can find Poppy’s current dates HERE.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7l-AMagdM3/?utm_source=ig_embed

Here’s What Various Rock/Metal Musicians Wore For Halloween This Year

Halloween is officially over and a number of rock/metal artists have taken to social media to share pictures of the costumes they wore this year. You can check out a bunch of those below (courtesy of The PRP):

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett & Robert Trujillo:

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Happy Halloween

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Alice In Chains & Jerry Cantrell:

A Day To Remember:

Adam Jones (Tool):

Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies):

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If you're 555

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Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies) & Charlie Benante (Anthrax):

Atreyu:

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Incubus:

Brent Hinds (Mastodon):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.):

Baroness:

Nergal (Behemoth):

Chelsea Grin:

Chris Jericho (Fozzy);

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Any questions….? #ChrisSPumpkins

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The Acacia Strain & Vincent Bennett:

Chris Fronzak (Attila):

The Word Alive:

Korn’s Head & Fieldy:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

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Happy Halloween to everyone @scott_blake3

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Pete Loeffler (Chevelle):

Beartooth:

Alan Ashby (Of Mice & Men):

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🎃 Happy Halloween! 🎃

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The Ghost Inside’s Andrew Tkaczyk & Zach Johnson:

Jason Richardson (All That Remains):

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🎃 👻 ⭐️ 🧱 🐢 🏎 @alyssamarielom @nintendo

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Battlecross:

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Joliet! We’re ready to get spooky tonight!

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Ice-T (Body Count):

P.O.D.:

Freddy Cricien (Madball):

Stick To Your Guns:

Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, etc.):

Metal Allegiance:

Sleeping With Sirens:

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Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes & Jaime Preciado:

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AHOY bitches! ⚓️🍦

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Redrum!!!!!

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Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down):

Sara Taylor (Youth Code, Heavens Blade):

Skyler Acord (Issues):

Blink-182:

The Wonder Years:

Halsey (not rock/metal but still cool):

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resident goths. @marilynmanson

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Listen To A Perfect Circle’s Cover Of AC/DC’s “Dog Eat Dog”

A Perfect Circle are streaming their cover of AC/DC‘s “Dog Eat Dog.” The track will appear on the band’s “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish“ 7 inch, which will be available as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday (November 23). Maynard James Keenan commented:

“A belated farewell nod to Malcolm Young, who, along with Bon Scott, played a significant role in my rebellious, hasher youth. God Speed, Malcolm.”

A Perfect Circle Premiere “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish” Music Video

A Perfect Circle have premiered a new video for their song “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Eat The Elephant.“ Maynard James Keenan said the following about the Kyle Cogan directed clip: “Welcome to the new normal.”

[via Revolver]

Here’s What Members Of Tool, Ghost, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Etc. Wore For Halloween This Year

Halloween is officially over and a number of rock/metal artists have taken to social media to share pictures of the costumes they wore this year. You can check out a bunch of those below:

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.)

Ghost:

Mastodon:

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💀🖤

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Butcher Babies:

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👻🎃 Rawr!

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Asking Alexandria:

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Family portrait! Can you guess who we went to the party as?

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Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage, etc.):

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

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Happy Halloween bitches!!!!

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DevilDriver:

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BpnlWPLgUaj/

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😈😈Happy Halloween 😈😈

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Ash Costello (New Years Day):

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Ice-T (Body Count):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die):

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holy water

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Marta Peterson (Bleeding Through):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage, etc.):

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This Halloween was NUTS! #AwaitingBullwinkle

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Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Incubus:

Fieldy (Korn):

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Tyler “Telle” Smith (The Word Alive):

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Knocked Loose:

Otep:

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For #Halloween 🎃 I’m going as a scumbag named Scam Likely 🕺🏼 He was once fired by a laundry company that serviced women’s prisons bcz he got caught sniffing the dirty bedding 😐 At his local bar, he offers #freemustacherides to anyone who’ll listen. Only a few have said yes so far but the list includes his grandma’s bingo partner, an albino yoga instructor from Belarus 🧘🏻‍♂️ and a #CheetoShitler supporter (with blonde hair & spray tan) who demanded he call her Mr. Big Hands 🤔 Scam douses himself with a bottle of Sex Panther cologne hoping to hide his chronic halitosis that reeks of dirty ashtrays boiled with used diapers in a public restroom 🤢 He’s had four teeth removed, his jaw broken by a young law student for “inappropriate touching” 😑 His next project is to upload some “really slick shit” & maybe someone will say “that dude’s a fucking stud” & he’ll be awarded the Ambassadorship to Acapulco (we’ve tried telling him so just forget it) 🙄 And when he gets bored he begins his ritual of cringe that’s just too gross to print 😖 So remember the name #ScamLikely 🕺🏼 It’s gonna be dreadfully delightful 🎃 If you get offended that’s on you. Maybe look in the mirror to see if you’re a creep too 🤨 Otherwise just deal with it. It’s a comedic bit. From now till Halloween ☠️💋 #besafe & #bleesedbe 🙏🏽 🎃 #Boss 🧟‍♂️#Alpha 🙋🏼‍♂️ #King 👑 #OTEP 💀

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Nekrogoblikon:

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Halloween in Kansas City, MO was (sic)

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Neck Deep:

The Acacia Strain:

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, etc.)

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Stay magical and have a Happy Halloween!! 🎃🦄💀🎃

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Stick To Your Guns:

Lee McKinney (Born Of Osiris):

Miss May I:

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Saving the streets of NYC this Halloween 🎃

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The Dillinger Escape Plan:

The Black Queen:

Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder):

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance):

Life Of Agony:

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, etc.):

Schuylar Croom (He Is Legend):

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“It’s fricken bats. I love Halloween.”

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Martin Stewart (Terror):

Sebastian Bach:

Rolo Tomassi:

George Petit (Alexisonfire, Dead Tired):

[via The PRP/Loudwire]