Tool Member Diagnosed With COVID: ‘There’s Lung Damage’


Tool singer Maynard James Keenan has confirmed that he had COVID-19 in February, before Tool stopped touring in mid-March.

Keenan told Arizona Republic, “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 added, “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.”

“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.”

The interviewer told Maynard he hopes he can return to normal health. He responded “Yeah, we’re close. Just look out for your neighbor. That’s all. Just be safe. Don’t be dumb.”

Other big names in music and entertainment have also been diagnosed with COVID-19, including rapper Kanye West. Tom Hanks was the first major celebrity to announce he had Coronavirus back in March.