Jackson Browne Tests Positive for COVID-19

The 71-year-old is urging young people to "take part in the global response to stop the spread"

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Mar 25, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the music world, Jackson Browne has revealed he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Rock Hall of Fame inductee made the reveal in a new interview with Rolling Stone, confirming he is currently in self-isolation in Los Angels after catching the virus. The 71-year-old said he suspects he caught COVID-19 at New York's Love Rocks NYC benefit, which also featured Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.

"As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19]," Browne said. "My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don't require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that."

Browne went on to explain that he came into contact with "several people" who also tested positive for COVID-19 at the Love Rocks NYC benefit concert, which was held at the Beacon Theatre on March 12.

"There was already a question of being careful and saying, 'I'll bump elbows and not shake hands and won't hug anybody,'" he said. "But still, you're in close quarters and you're breathing the same air."

Browne added that as soon as he received the news about catching the virus he went into self-isolation immediately.

"So many people that have it aren't going to be tested," Browne said. "They don't have symptoms, but they might have it and might be able to pass it on. That's what younger readers need to understand: They need to take part in the global response to stop the spread. That means not going anywhere, not getting into contact with anybody, not seeing anybody."

Browne is set to release the new two-song single "Downhill from Everywhere" / "A Little Soon to Say" on May 15 via BMG. The tracks are set to arrive on a new album, due out in October.

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