Bakersfield native and original Korn guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch is an artist who has undoubtedly battled his fair share of demons. In 2005, his demons, who took shape in the form of overwhelming drug addiction and discontent with road life, caused him to leave the band in search of a savior. Welch took refuge in religion, became baptized, and devoted himself to Jesus Christ. Part of his decision for his abrupt change in life course was to protect his young daughter from the decadent rockstar lifestyle he was part of. During his departure from Korn, Welch focused on other creative outlets including a solo album, ‘Save Me from Myself’ in 2008, and multiple biographical books chronicling his life experiences. In 2012, he re-branded his solo project as Love and Death, under which name he has released an EP the same year entitled ‘Chemicals EP’ and an LP in 2013 called ‘Between Here & Lost.’ In May of 2013, a clean and sober Welch rejoined his former bandmates in Korn and has recorded two albums with the band since his return – ‘Paradigm Shift’ (2013) and ‘The Serenity of Suffering’ (2016).
This week on Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast host Joshua Toomey welcomes Korn / Love & Death guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. During the interview Head talks about an upcoming documentary titled “Loud, Krazy, Love” that will focus largely on his life and also the life of his daughter as well as the lives of some of the members of Korn. The documentary will be featured at the Dallas International Film Festival in May. He talks about how hard it was being a dad and being in an internationally touring metal band, and how traumatizing it was to try to keep everyone together. Head also talks about his drug addiction. Knowing that facilities such as Pacific Ridge alcohol rehab near Eugene, OR exist, the idea of getting yourself back on track may not be as difficult as you initially thought. There’s no shame in asking for help, especially when it comes to your health. If Brian can do it, so can you!
Last year Korn toured with Sixx A.M. and Head talks about how he use to draw Nikki Sixx when he was younger. Head also makes an announcement that he will be appearing at the Nashville Rock -N- Pod Expo coming this summer. You can hear the entire interview below.