Tool’s Maynard James Keenan says he caught COVID-19 for fourth time

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Maynard James Keenan has now had COVID-19 more times than he has bands.

The Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman tells The Arizona Republic that he’s “just had [COVID-19] the fourth time.”

“I got the European-flavored one,” Keenan says of his latest go-round with the virus. “That was fun.”

“It was a flu,” he adds. “It’s done.”

Keenan didn’t share exactly when and where he caught COVID-19 this time around, but Tool did recently wrap a European tour last month.

“I mean, when you’re in a room full of thousands of people, it’s being passed around,” Keenan says. “You get into a tube and you fly 10 hours in a contained environment, you’re gonna get it. If somebody has it and you’re gonna get it, you can get it.”

In October 2020, Keenan shared that he was still dealing with lingering symptoms from catching COVID-19 the first time earlier that year. He later revealed in 2021 that he contracted the virus again in November 2020, which briefly landed him in the hospital.

Despite his latest bout, Keenan is preparing to hit the road again on a U.S. tour with Puscifer beginning Thursday in Las Vegas.

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