The enigmatic frontman confides his ongoing health issues after contracting Coid-19 earlier this year.
Currently making the promotional rounds for Puscifer’s upcoming Existential Reckoning, Maynard James Keenan told AZCentral in an interview about his February Covid-19 diagnosis and his continued battle with the virus.
When the interview addressed the elephant in the room in how the musician was adjusting to life during a pandemic, Maynard made his revelation. “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.”
When asked if he was back to 100%, Maynard gave the full scope of the seriousness of his battle. “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.”
Keenan joins the likes of Till Lindemann of Rammstein, Chuck Billy of Testament, and Gary Holt of Exodus and Slayer as another prominent musician to contract the virus.