Maynard James Keenan, frontman for Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle, was recently interviewed by azcentral.com.
What started out as a regular interview to help promote the new Puscifer album, took a very unexpected turn, when Keenan was asked how he felt about the Covid-19 pandemic cutting the Tool tour short.
“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.”
Keenan went on saying, ”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 then stated that some of his friends and family were also impacted, and that he lost a few family members to the disease.
Keenan was then asked if he’s now feeling better, and his answer just goes to show how serious this disease is.
“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.”
Puscifer’s new album ”Existential Reckoning” is due out on October 30th.