Jackson Browne told Rolling Stone a couple of days ago that he’d tested positive for coronavirus: “As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19]. My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that.”
While not knowing how he came to have it, he told RS that he suspected his recent trip to New York for the annual Love Rocks NYC benefit, which also featured Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, and Derek Trucks, may have been the source. “So many people that have it aren’t going to be tested. 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.”
There’s a really good interview on the subject with Jackson over at RS here, but in the meantime he’s released today a new song called ‘A Little Too Soon to Say’. While not written about Corona (he’s not that quick, and also he has Corona), he told RS he wanted to “put it out now while these things are so uncertain.”
The track is apparently inspired by the current generation and the environment. “[I was] thinking about the generation — the Parkland students, and Greta Thunberg, and the young people who have been very vocal, saying, ‘You’re not making any real attempt to change things in a way for us to have the planet you had.’ How do you pass this mess on to the next generation, the future generations?”
The track is the b-side to Browne’s upcoming single ‘Downhill From Everywhere’ due out in May.