BRIAN ‘HEAD’ WELCH Says ‘The Lord’ Led Him Back To The Group KORN
KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was recently interviewed on the “Hour Of Power With Bobby Schuller” American Christian television program. You can now watch the chat below.
Welch, who left KORN in 2005 after becoming a Christian and returned to the band eight years later, talked about the circumstances that led to him to reconnect with his bandmates. “I was gone for almost a decade, out of the band,” he said. “And I was doing my own thing, doing solo stuff, I was speaking a lot. My daughter, she was three when God used her to lead me out of the band, ’cause of my heart for her, I wanted to be home and raise her. But then she turned 14 and she’s, like, ‘Take me to a rock concert.’ So I took her to a rock concert. KORN was playing. They asked me to play one song. I played one song with them. The singer breaks down in tears, the people in the audience break down in tears. My dad saw it online. He broke down in tears. I’m, like, ‘What’s going on?’ And a reconciliation story started to form. They asked me to come back [to the band]. I initially said no, because, honestly, I was a little religious and I was, like, ‘It’s not me anymore.’ And the Lord’s, like… He just pressed on my heart, like, ‘Go. It’s time. Those people are just like you were when you met me. Go spread my love to ’em.’ So it wasn’t about the money at all, ’cause I had royalties — I could sell my royalties — and it wasn’t about that. It was just, like, He led me, and I followed Him back there.”
Welch chronicled his decision to leave KORN in his first book, 2008’s “Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, And Lived To Tell My Story”.
Both Welch and KORN bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu have had highly public, though separate, conversion experiences, ones that have been greeted with a certain amount of skepticism.
Fieldy‘s 2009 memoir, “Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery And Korn”, details his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction during KORN‘s early years and how he became a born-again Christian to help get his life together and get sober.
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