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life without korn still moving along


By Allison Stewart Special to the Tribune11:56 a.m. CDT, August 30, 2012

When Brian “Head” Welch left his job as the guitarist for nu-metal pioneer Korn back in 2005, it wasn’t under the best of circumstances. He’d shaken his addiction to drugs (mostly meth and Xanax), found God (mostly Christian, but nondenominational), and, flush with the zeal of the newly converted, well, he said some things. There were complaints about his bandmates, about touring, about how life in Korn “was a little too crude for me.”

Welch’s departure kicked off years of mutual public insults, financial squabbling and tentative attempts at reconciliation. “I did act like an idiot,” admits Welch, 42. “I said stuff. I didn’t have any wisdom. I was in a shell before. I wore a mask. I just wanted to let everything out, what I was going through.”

This is all newly relevant because Welch finally rejoined Korn onstage in May, at a show in North Carolina. It was only for one night, for part of a set, but he liked it. “I was just going to the concert,” Welch recalls. “I didn’t tell anybody I was going until less than 24 hours before. I didn’t want people to stir up stuff. I just wanted to come and hang out. I finally texted the guys. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m coming.’ It just kind of fell into place. I’m glad it happened. Sometimes I put walls up too much, you know? … I just felt the love. It was a confirmation to me that I was supposed to be there. It was like, this is really good.”

Welch’s new band, Love and Death, recently released an EP, “Chemicals,” and he has a side career speaking at churches (he’ll be at the New Pointe Church in Hebron, Ind., on Saturday). He’s vague about plans, if indeed there are any, to rejoin Korn (“Who’s to say what will happen in the future?”), but Welch is beginning to realize that life on his own as a first-time frontman is overrated. “Once you get there and do it, you kind of wonder why you’re doing it. You take on all the stress, and there’s so much pressure. I can’t hide anymore like I used to. It’s really different, but I felt like I’m supposed to be doing it. It’s not my favorite thing to do.”

Welch was one of Korn’s founding members. When he left, near the height of the band’s success and during the early days of his life as a Christian, it was as if he left behind everything he knew. Everyone from his old life treated him as if he were an alien. “They all did, the fans and everybody,” he says. “When you have a drastic change like I did … I made a lot of people freak out. My family thought I was being brainwashed. Now that I’ve come back to the earth, I think everyone’s like, OK, cool. He’s back to normal. He’s like a better version of what he used to be.”

In the years since his departure, Welch has released a solo album and a best-selling memoir (“Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs and Lived to Tell My Story”) that detailed his religious conversion, including his 2005 baptism in the River Jordan.

Welch isn’t the only member of a rock band to have quit drugs, found religion and written a memoir about it. He isn’t even the only member of Korn — bassist Fieldy did too. What is it about life in Korn that drives its members to addiction, religion and memoir-writing? “I don’t know,” Welch admits. “It’s kind of crazy. … I think we’ll know after we pass from this earth.”

Fieldy stayed in Korn, but Welch says that was never an option for him, that reconciling his newfound religious convictions, his even newer sobriety and life in one of metal’s hardest-partying bands proved impossible. “I know for a fact that I was supposed to leave. I just knew it in my heart. … These seven years the most incredible things have happened to me, and I’m so glad I left.”

Welch is getting ready to sign a record deal with Love and Death, which isn’t strictly a Christian band, more like a really polite metal one. “I’m a Christian man and everything I do is as a Christian man. But I just write about life.”

He could easily juggle life in Love and Death, which isn’t going to be touring much, anyway, with life in Korn. If it came to that. Not that he’s saying he would. Just that he could. “We’ll see. At first I said I don’t know, then I said never. Now I’m back at I don’t know. Whatever’s meant to be, I’m fine with. Being a frontman is hard. It would be like a vacation.”


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When: 7:00 p.m. Saturday

Where: New Pointe Church, 676 W. Division Road, Hebron, Ind.

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By Leann Callaway, Special to the Baptist Standard
Published: July 20, 2012
MIDLAND—When Brian “Head” Welch left the heavy metal band Korn in 2005, the announcement triggered significant speculation as people wondered what led the rock star out of the darkness and into the light.

During his tenure as Korn’s guitarist, the group earned Grammy awards and sold more than 30 million albums internationally, but Welch paid a high price for success. Wild parties, drugs and alcohol made his life spin out of control and left him feeling completely empty inside.

No matter what he did, nothing could fill the void in his life—until he found Jesus.

Welch had an eye-opening experience of what his life was becoming after his wife no longer could care for their young daughter because of the effects of drugs.

Desperate to find help, Welch visited a church service.

“I remember crying out to God that night saying: ‘Jesus, if you are real like that pastor said, then you’ve got to take these drugs from me.  Come into my life. Come into my heart. Search me right now. Search my heart. You know that I want to quit these drugs. You know that I want to be a good dad to this kid. She is going to lose me if I don’t quit. I need your help.'”

During the weeks that followed, Welch continued performing with Korn and struggled with his decision to give his life to Christ. However, Welch knew he needed to change his lifestyle and come clean. One day while praying about his decision, he felt compelled to throw out all his drugs and quit the band.

Realizing he had been given a second chance at life, Welch wanted to spend it living for Christ.

“When Christ came into my life, I gained a new understanding of life,” Welch said. “We were created to live for him and to be with him. It is the most incredible feeling, being exactly where you belong when you find Jesus. Contentment comes from a relationship with Christ. You do not have to look anywhere else.”

When Welch performs concerts and speaks at events, he is committed to sharing a message of hope and redemption. He will perform Aug. 2 at Rock the Desert in Midland.

“I want people to know that there is more than this world,” Welch said. “Everyone lives for here and now, but these years are flying by so fast. If people would take their eyes off of this world and onto eternity, how different things would be. It’s crazy how everyone is so focused on this place that is quickly fading away. Obviously, you can still enjoy life, but you need that foundation of eternity and focusing on the things to come.”

Welch has written several books about his transformation through Christ, including Save Me From Myself and Washed By Blood. He also has written a devotional book, Stronger: 40 Days of Metal and Spirituality. His music also is featured in the faith-based film, Hardflip, and he recently shared his testimony on a commercial for I Am Second.

“My favorite thing to do is talk about the Lord,” Welch said. “But if I go to a rock concert or hang out with friends who aren’t Christians, I know when to stop talking, just be a friend and let them see a change in me. I’m blessed to be alive today and to be able to tell others about how Jesus has changed my life. If he can do that for me, then he can do that for anyone.

“I’m not perfect by any means, and I still have struggles, but I’m so much happier than I’ve ever been in my whole life—even on my bad days. My life has changed in every single way, definitely for the better. I went through some tough times to get to where I’m at today, but looking back, I think that I had to go through the pain to get to the peace.

“Now, I want to be able to walk through any circumstance in life and be strong in the Lord. In order to get to that place, you have to go through many trials. It says in Psalm 56:3, ‘When I am afraid, I will trust in the Lord.’ I think that’s the mark of true maturity.”


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