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Interview with Head
Korn has sold millions of albums worldwide and earned two Grammy Awards as they continue to top Billboard charts and break new ground, but something has been missing for almost a decade now.
Founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch left the popular metal act in 2005 after becoming a Christian, releasing an autobiography and a solo album called “Save Me from Myself,” chronicling his struggles with addiction and need to get away from the decadent rock star lifestyle. Now clean and sober, he and his bandmates have made amends are touring together once again, stopping at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem) on Thursday, May 23, with his new band, Love and Death, opening the show.
The Weekender picked Head’s brain about what has changed, why he rejoined, the making of a new album to be released later this year, and how his time away solidified his future with Korn.
THE WEEKENDER: For years, you’ve been asked by Korn’s management to rejoin the band. What finally convinced you to give it a shot?
HEAD: It was the timing. I feel like I have a sense of feeling when things are right now, because I was just making bad decisions before. As far as like how things fall into place in life, I feel like I’ve got a lot of wisdom with that. It was a heart thing. I hooked up with Korn in 2012, and I ended up jamming with them on stage at a big concert, and it was all about friendship rather than money and business. That’s the short answer right there. All this happened because of friendship rather than the business aspect of it. And so once we connected as friends again, it just fell into place.