Brian “Head” Welch: “Head Strong”
As a guitarist for one on the most successful metal bands, you would think you were living a dream only a few even could imagine. Everything you ever could want in life would be on your plate. But that was far from the truth for Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch. In 2005, he shocked the rock world by announcing his resignation from the band and devoting his life and his future music to Christianity. Since his departure, most would say Korn hasn’t been the same. But that’s another story. Head’s story is one of excess. Describing his last years in Korn as “torture,” touring and the lifestyle of the road led Head to endless partying, a crystal meth addiction, missing his daughter and internal struggles in the band. You can read his story for yourself in his best-selling 2007 autobiography, Save Me from Myself.
Since going solo, although now a devout Christian and drug-free, Head’s life hasn’t exactly been peachy. His debut album was released to mixed reviews, and he admits that, looking back, he isn’t completely satisfied with the effort. A record label he founded, Driven Music Group, shut down after bankruptcy, and Head just now is beginning to fight and claw his way back. With a driving new single, “Paralyzed” recently released, an announcement of an upcoming Head EP and constant rumors of if and when he will rejoin Korn, Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki had an extensive and honest talk with Head to get some of those answers. (more…)