Former KoRn Guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch drops by ‘LA Ink’ to get a new tattoo and talk about his split from the group in an episode airing tonight at 10PM ET/PT on TLC. Watch a teaser below.
Former Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch spoke with Fox News Channel about the release of his first solo album ‘Save Me From Myself’, and his decision to leave the chart topping group and the difficulty he had reaching the decision. “It was very hard,” Welch conceded. “It was so hard that I wussed out and I sent them a ‘Dear John’ letter. Like ‘Hey guys, I can’t talk to you, but this is hard for me, I love you, but I gotta quit and there’s nothing left to talk about. I don’t care about the money. The million dollar contract we’re getting ready to sign, I gotta do something.'” Watch the clip below.
Former Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch visited ‘Last Call with Carson
Daly’ on Tuesday (October 9) to promote his new book ‘Save Me From Myself’
and discuss his time in the band and how finding religion prompted him
to quit drugs cold turkey. Check out a rough, computer generated transcript
below the fold.
Former Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch and his daughter Jennea posed at a signing for copies of his new book ‘Save Me From Myself’ at Book Soup on July 18th in West Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
Former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch signed copies of his book ‘Save Me From Myself’ at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey On Saturday (July 7). Check out pictures from GettyImages.
RollingStone.com caught up with Brian ‘Head’ Welch and asked the former Korn guitarist why he left the band last year. “When we first started, Korn had power over all of our music and what we said — the songs are pretty outspoken,” Welch said. “Then with the last record, it seemed like everybody shifted from being down with the fans to wanting to make money, and our managers started getting really involved. They were telling us what songs to play — and, I mean, they manage the Backstreet Boys! They started talking about hiring writers for the new record. I don’t know if they did. And I was going, ‘Dude, this is stupid.’ I was a part of a band that’s known for not selling out, that’s written every album with the most heartfelt lyrics — and now they’re changing into a machine. We had a bunch of battles — three people got kicked out at one time or another — and my friends weren’t even my friends anymore. So I left.”
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Toledo Blade religion editor David Yonke spoke with former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch about his spiritual conversion and departure from the band. “It’s a lie, man. That’s why I wanted to get out of there,” Welch said of his departure. “There’s a lot of reasons why I left Korn. We all look like friends on stage, or on video, like we’re jamming and playing good music. But in reality, the band was falling apart. The people hated each other… I couldn’t live like that with my friends worshipping money. I couldn’t live like that. People wanted to chase girls, they had a silent competition about finding the best girls, and who had the best party on the bus. It was childish. It broke my heart. I just love those guys, even though they think I’m crazy. I pray for them every day.”
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Guitar World caught up with Brian ‘Head’ Welch and asked him what triggered his decision to quit Korn. “When I started playing in Korn, I began drifting downward spiritually. I became addicted to drugs like methamphetamine,” he revealed. “I became rich and famous, although I never thought of myself as a rock star or as being bigger and better than anyone. I loved music, but I found myself at the point where I wanted to die. I didn’t care about life. I think I hit the bottom when my wife left me while I was on the road. She started partying, bailed out with some dudes, and took my money and left me with our daughter. Then I had to take my daughter on the road with me. The band agreed to pay my daughter a dollar every time someone cussed in front of her. Before I knew it, my daughter was making, like, $100 a day, and I told people to try to chill in front of her. She was getting excited about making all this money, and it wasn’t working. I had to put my kid before my career and all the money I was making. I decided to do the right thing. I was dying inside. If I didn’t have my daughter, I would be dead right now, for sure.” Read more.
A video of former Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch performing a tribute song to the late Pantera and Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, entitled ‘Letter to Dimebag’, has been posted online at the Valley Bible Fellowship web site. “It is written in guitar language, and I did it because [Dimebag] used to tell me we needed to put guitar solos in KORN,” Welch explained. “So this song’s for him, and to him. It’s saying how much I miss him. Even though we weren’t too close, his very friendly personality had a great impact on me!” Vbf.org has since removed the video.
Korn fan site Korn Unleashed has published the second part of their recent interview with Korn guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer, where he was asked about the departure of Brian ‘Head’ Welch and how they’ll handle performing live without him. “We will hire someone to play in the back (guitar) and David [Silveria, drums] will trigger some samples,” Munky said. Asked who they planned on bringing in for the second guitar slot, Shaffer responded, “Someone close to us already…not just some stanger. There’s not gonna be some big auditions or anything.” kornunleashed.net has since shut down.