Maynard James Keenan Contracted Covid-19 For A Second Time

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has announced he contracted Covid-19 for a second time in 2020, ending up in the emergency room as he couldn’t breathe.

The musician first caught the virus in February 2020, says the last effects he was feeling and explaining that he took “some major medications” to try and beat it. ​“Still coughing,” he said in October. ​“There’s still lung damage.” 

The frontman then contracted it again in mid-November 2020 and even ​“ended up in the ER on December 1”.

Speaking to STROMBO on Apple Music Hits, he says, ​“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…”

Tool Are Hoping To Release A New EP During Lockdown

With all the touring commitments postponed until further notice in the current Covid-19 pandemic, many are writing away to create new material. Tool are one of the bands hoping to take advantage of this time.

In a recent conversation with cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy, Danny Carey (Drums) states the band are intending to “maybe knock out” an EP during the current lockdown.

“Tool hasn’t been jamming. We’ve been just kind on hiatus. Nothing’s really been happening. But I think it’s time. We kept hoping that we were gonna get back out, so we were just kind of, “Hey, enjoy this while it lasts,” but now it’s looking like it could go to the rest of the year, so we need to get the lead out and start functioning — maybe knock out another EP, at least, or something like that.

We’ve never really done that since our first release — done an EP — so I thought it would be kind of nice to do something like that. We don’t have a record deal anymore — we’re free agents — so we can kind of release whatever we wanna release now, which is a good feeling.”

Details surrounding the release of future Tool material will be confirmed as it develops.

Headliners Confirmed For 2019 Download Festival

With festival announcements pouring in all over the place, the organisers for the 2019 Download Festival have confirmed the first bands for the festival.

Headlining the 2019 festival are Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool.


Here is the list of all the bands playing.

The Amity Affliction
Amon Amarth
Def Leppard (performing ‘Hysteria’ in full)
Die Antwoord
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Power Trip
Reel Big Fish
Rob Zombie