Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The singer-songwriter announced the diagnosis on Tuesday via an interview with Rolling Stone.
“As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19]”, the 71-year-old said. “My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that.”
Though unsure, Browne believes he came in contact with the virus during a recent trip to New York City. Earlier this month, Browne found himself at The Beacon Theatre for the annual Love Rocks NYC event, which benefits God’s Love We Deliver, a volunteer organization that provides meals specifically tailored to medically-required diets for people with severe illness. Despite New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s ban on gatherings over 500 people, the event, which featured artists like Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Marcus King, Chris and Rich Robinson, Cyndi Lauper, Leon Bridges, and many more, continued on, albeit to a severely limited crowd.
“I feel lucky that I’m not really badly affected. I guess I’ve got a really strong immune system. There’s so much we don’t know. The one thing you can do is not go anywhere, not show up anywhere. Now, I wish I hadn’t gone to New York and done this benefit,” Browne said, reflecting on his decision to travel across the country during the onset of the pandemic.
Browne continued, hopeful that his story would make it easier for others to deal with their own diagnoses, “It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through. Our experiences will be helpful for others to know. I don’t think my case is that important, but it might be helpful to know that some people don’t get this really bad.”
Due to this recent news and the uncertain nature of countrywide quarantines and shelter-in-place orders, it is unclear whether or not Browne’s shows with James Taylor at the end of spring and beginning of summer will proceed as scheduled. For the latest information on Jackson Browne’s tour dates, visit his official website.
[H/T Rolling Stone]