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Coronavirus: Here are the Musicians Who Have Tested Positive

From Scarface to Jackson Browne to Rita Wilson

As the coronavirus has rapidly turned into a pandemic, everyone has been affected by it. That includes musicians. Over the past few weeks, festivals and tours have been either postponed or canceled at a breakneck pace.

Unfortunately, as the outbreak has spread, a number of musicians haven’t been immune to it.

From Jackson Browne to Scarface to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, here are the musicians who have tested positive for coronavirus.


Madonna said that she contracted the virus while on her Madame X tour, but things are better now.

Idris Elba

The actor/DJ said he tested positive for coronavirus. He says he is exhibiting no symptoms of having the virus but is self-quarantining for the safety of others.

Andrew Watt

The producer of Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album, Ordinary Man, Watt announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. He shared his story in an Instagram post.

Crown the Empire’s Brandon Hoover

Brandon Hoover, the guitarist of Crown the Empire, announced that he tested positive for coronavirus on March 16. Hoover also described his experience with the symptoms in a Twitter post.

Rita Wilson

Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks, tested positive for coronavirus. Wilson, an actress/musician, has several releases to her credit.

Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove has announced that one of the Australian band’s members has tested positive for coronavirus. The band is currently urging any fans who have attended their signings to self-quarantine for two weeks. See more in their Facebook post below.

Charlotte Lawrence

Charlotte Lawrence, whose song “Joke’s On You” appears on the Birds of Prey soundtrack, revealed that she was diagnosed with COVID-19. She said that she’s currently asymptomatic but that she is isolating herself and encourages others to do so, too.

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David Bryan

Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan confirmed in an Instagram post that he tested positive for coronavirus. “I’ve have been quarantined for a week and will for another week. And when I feel better I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus,” he wrote.

Ed O’Brien

The Radiohead guitarist told Uproxx that he has coronavirus. “I Googled it last night and that’s a classic symptom of the coronavirus,” he said. “So, it’s like, okay, I’ve got it,” told the publication.

Slim Thug

In an Instagram post on March 24, rapper Slim Thug said he has coronavirus. “Check this out. No games being played. The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive,” Thug revealed. “As careful as I been self-quarantined and staying home — I might have went and got something to eat, stayed in my truck, mask, gloves, everything on — my test came back positive.” He also cautioned about the dangers of the virus and urged fans to stay indoors.

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Jackson Browne

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Browne suspects he contracted the virus when he traveled to New York City for the Love Rocks NYC benefit show. He has been in self-quarantine for 10 days as of March 24.

Larry Campbell

The guitarist who played with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm has tested positive for coronavirus. His wife posted a video on Facebook confirming the news.


The legendary Geto Boys rapper posted a YouTube video where he told Willie D. that he has coronavirus. He said that the symptoms (including an itchy throat) lingering for a few weeks before finding out Wednesday (March 25) that he tested positive, having been in and out of the hospital with various other symptoms.

Till Lindemann

According to a report in German publication Bild, Lindemann is in intensive care due to the coronavirus. The report said that after a show in Moscow, he was brought to a Berlin hospital by emergency medics after having an extremely high fever. (Update: 3/27 3:15 pm) Rammstein issued a statement saying that Lindemann does not have coronavirus:

Ray Benson

In a Facebook post on March 31, the Asleep at the Wheel singer that he contracted coronavirus. Benson shared that he went to get tested on March 21, but no tests were available so he went home.

Well folks, the bad news I've contracted the corona virus!! Been feeling tired for about 10 days! Went to be tested on…

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Pelle Almqvist

The Hives singer, in a video posted to Facebook on March 31, said he suspects that he has coronavirus, though he does note that he is doing better.

DJ Jazzy Jeff

The hip-hop icon has been battling pneumonia in his lungs throughout the month of March and believes he has COVID-19. However, there has been no official news about whether or not he’s gotten taken the test or its results.

YNW Melly

In an Instagram post on April 2, it was reported that YNW Melly contracted COVID-19 in jail.

Sara Bareilles

In an Instagram video posted on April 2, the singer revealed she just got over having coronavirus.


After Testament announced that singer Chuck Billy and their crew have tested positive for coronavirus on March 22 following a European tour, bassist Steve DiGiorgio has also tested positive.

**COVID-19 OFFICIAL STATEMENT** As many of you already know, after returning from the BAY STRIKES BACK over Europe…

Posted by Testament on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Christopher Cross

Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross has just announced “…I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.”


In a tweet on April 3, the pop star wrote that she and her son tested positive for COVID-19. She proceeded to announce that she was donating $500,000 to City of Los Angeles’ COVID-19 relief fund.

Marianne Faithfull

The singer has been hospitalized for COVID-19 after developing a cold that turned into pneumonia.

Marianne Faithfull is in hospital in London having tested positive for Covid 19. She went in this past tuesday. Please…

Posted by Penny Arcade on Saturday, April 4, 2020

John Taylor

The Duran Duran bassist tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet, he described having thought it was a “mild” case before it evolved into a “Turbo-charged flu.”

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 a month after exhibiting symptoms.

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Ok since they are in short supply these days here are some facts… We were on tour in Western Europe for two weeks late Jan /early Feb..then up and down the southeast/eastern US playing arena shows mid Feb to early March. We played Charleston, SC on March 10 and they pulled the plug on our tour March 12 and I returned home. This photo was taken at 9am on March 13th when my wife took me to our local hospital ER due to chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels. I spent an hour listening to a (highly condescending) Doctor refuse to test me because I “did not fit testing criteria” and tell me why it was impossible that I had contracted the virus due to its extreme rarity and that it was not in western Europe yet during that same period (which we now know is incorrect) even though I was told by two nurses that I was the first person their hospital had walk in requesting to be tested. Almost one month later on April 6th my wife and I were both tested after finally finding a free drive-thru testing facility outside a National Guard depot. Yesterday on Friday April 10th, after almost one month without any symptoms, I received a call from the Nashville CDC stating that my test resulted in a positive detection for Covid-19. My wife (who has been by my side since Europe) tested negative. I should also add that the CDC nurse I spoke to yesterday told me that it reacts differently in a case by case basis and the White House briefings and the information they are providing is basically pure speculation causing fear and that the only thing anybody knows is that we don’t really know much yet. All I know is I first felt symptoms a month ago yet Im still positive and contagious and now on quarantine in the dojo until April 19th and really wishing Id taken my wife’s advice and put a bathroom in the floor and learn. But hey, at least our Government appointed task force headed by a man who does not believe in science is against mass testing and we now have a second task force in the works to “open America back up for business”! Dick Daddy out. Edit: So much ❤️ for all the trolls and Russians that came to play. Thread closed.

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Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric detailed his COVID-19 symptoms and the testing process in a lengthy Facebook post.

We got tested by some miracle and the results came in. I've got it. Here's some reading:

Posted by Wreckless Eric on Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sam Smith

During an interview with Zane Lowe, Sam Smith revealed that they had been exhibiting the same symptoms as “everything I’ve read” on coronavirus and believes that they “100 percent had it.” While he never got tested, the British singer self-isolated for three weeks and is on the mend.

Lil Xan

Lil Xan was reportedly taken to the hospital last weekend due to a panic attack triggered by anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic.

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