Jackson Browne tests positive for COVID-19

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee suspects catching the coronavirus while in New York for the annual Love Rocks NYC benefit.

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Jackson Browne has revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 71-year-old musician is recovering at his Los Angeles home, and counts himself “lucky that I’m not really badly affected”. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Browne said: “As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19]”, adding that he “quarantined immediately upon feeling sick”.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer suspects he caught the virus while travelling to New York for the annual Love Rocks NYC Benefit at the Beacon Theatre.

“I’m presuming I got this flying back and forth to New York to do [the] Love Rocks show at the Beacon. And now it turns out that several people who were at that show have tested positive”. Other musicians who performed at the live-streamed event include Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, none of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 at press time.

Reflecting on his attendance, Browne said: “Now I wish I hadn’t gone to New York and done this benefit. I think to myself, ‘How much simpler would it have been had I just called in and said, ‘No, I’m not going to travel on a cross-country flight and spend two days in New York with all these people that are singing all over the country.”

The Love Rocks NYC Benefit is an annual event to raise money for God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide meals for people suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses.

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