Devo frontman Mark Mattersbow spent 18 days at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles battling Covid-19 in June, he revealed in an alarming interview with Los Angeles Times.
Mothersbaugh believes he may have contracted the virus in late May while working close to strangers at Mutato, his music production company. He dismissed the early symptoms as plain tired, but called his wife when his temperature reached 103. “The next morning, a nurse came and said, ‘You need to be in the intensive care unit,'” Mothersbaugh recalled. “I said, ‘This is ridiculous. She replied that she had been a nurse for three decades: “You need an ambulance right now.”
Mothersbaugh’s wife, Anita Greenspan, says his nurse saved his life. He spent the next two weeks in Cedar Sinai, relying on a breathing ventilator, lost during much of the ordeal. “There’s a bookstore I love where I get stationery and I was there in my mind,” he said. “I was convinced in about two weeks that I had been hit by a brick by someone in Little Tokyo.”
“I felt blood from the blow,” he continued. “I was handcuffed in a parking lot in the city center. I had this whole complicated story about how these kids sold me to an ambulance, which then got some payment for delivering Covid patients to their intensive care units. I completely believed. “
Mothersbaugh’s family could not visit him at the hospital. They kept in touch through video and tried their best to keep him healthy and healthy, especially after he tried to escape while he was deluded and the nurses had to tie him to his bed. “If you have someone you know is in the COVID intensive care unit, contact them and stay in touch with the outside world,” said Mothersbaugh, “because it’s easy to lose track of where you are and why you are. I had no idea I had been on a fan for 10 days. Time meant nothing. “
About a month before Mothersbaugh’s illness, he called Rolling stone to smash 10 key TV and movie scores from his long career. In unpublished remarks from that interview, he revealed that Devo was supposed to go on a mini tour this year before the pandemic hit.
“We were planning to do three or four performances in September,” he said. “One of them [the Cruel World Festival] was centered around Morrissey. There was also a festival in New York and something in Cleveland. “
Devo hasn’t toured since 2014, although Mothersbaugh has been considering a farewell trip for years. “I just couldn’t pick up enough speed to get around him with other people who had different interests,” he said. “I tried to do something really big.”
“It would be like a day with Devo or a weekend with Devo,” he continued. “It would almost look like an Easter egg, where events would take place in the city we were in. That would be more interesting than going and watching Devo perform songs from the seventies and eighties once again. But that did not happen. “
Even without an epic farewell tour, Mothersbaugh is still at least somewhat open to the idea of entering its trademark yellow suit and red energy dome for Devo shows after the pandemic is over. “It’s like dressing up your cheerleading team in high school and going out and doing the songs again,” he says. “On the one hand, when I’m there on stage, I like to play them. But on the other hand, it all looks like, “Well, yes, I did that when I was 20. I’m 70. Let’s move on.” But I’m sure there will be more shows somewhere along the line. Besides, who knows, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may be reluctant to release Devo, so that will give us an excuse to get together. “
Meanwhile, Devo fans should be happy that Mothersbaugh has returned home and is recovering from his nightmarish ordeal. “Before Kovid, I was like, ‘Yes, now I’m starting to feel about 50 and I’m 70,'” he told LA Times. “When I was in the hospital, I felt like I was about 90. And now I’m back at 70 and I’m trying to go back to 50. That’s my goal.”