The founder and frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan has opened up about his tough struggle with the deadly virus, COVID-19, at the beginning of this year and unveiled the fact that he has pretty bad lung damage from that still.
Within his comprehensive conversation with Joe Rogan on the famous YouTube show, The Joe Rogan Experience, one of the most hardworking and inspiring musicians in the metal community, Maynard James Keenan, has recalled his unpleasant experience with the coronavirus back in February this year.
After he said that he didn’t cancel the shows and continued to perform in the Northwest foot of the tour despite his serious illness, Keenan admitted that it was not fun to sing like that at all.
Soon after he felt the symptoms of COVID-19, he started to do Muay Thai in Hawaii. Remembering those days, Keenan said his hands have never hurt this bad since the coronavirus weakened his whole body.
Maynard James Keenan also revealed that he still has a cough from that period. Though he can continue to sing and perform, Keenan was left with serious lung damage from the COVID-19.
Here’s what Maynard James Keenan said when asked how was to sing when he was ill with the coronavirus:
“It was not fun. We had to kind of adjust the set around a little bit and didn’t put the hard ones in. I got to Hawaii. Had to go to training. With Louis and some of the guys there. Chad was a Muay Thai instructor.
I started to do Muay Thai and I was like, ‘Dude! This hurts.’ My hands have never hurt this bad. I thought maybe if I sprained him. Because right after I recovered in New Zealand I went training in New Zealand, thinking, ‘I’m just going to cut it out. I’m going to walk it off. Rub some dirt on it’
And I felt okay then but when I finally got to muay, ‘This is not right. This hurts. I can’t fucking do this’ I thought maybe I sprained my wrist. Months go by they’re not healing. I’m going through harvest [winery] at this point and they’re not healing up.”
“I finally went to a doctor, arthritis doctor, and he was like ‘Okay, walk me through when you first saw the data’ and I’m walking him through everything. He goes, ‘You have COVID. Some of the side effects that you find are inflammations.’
So it’s some kind of a rheumatoid response. That alone would maybe I’m just 56 and I have arthritis but my blood work was completely clean. No other issues anywhere else in my body but just the wrists.
But I still have a cough. So whatever cough I had, whatever cough I got in New Zealand like every other day I’ll have a coughing fit for ten minutes, coughing up stuff. So I have lung damage from it still.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation below.