Interview: Brian “Head” Welch on Rejoining Korn for Two Shows in Germany this Summer

On January 22, Brian “Head” Welch will release the debut album, Between Here & Lost, from his new band, Love and Death, in which he sings as well as plays his longtime instrument, guitar. In even bigger news, Welch (pictured above, second from right, with the members of Korn) will be rejoining his former Korn bandmates onstage in the summer of 2013 for two shows at Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals. Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer (second from left) recently expressed optimism about the reunion with Welch being of a more permanent nature. “He’s our brother, to be able to have him onstage with us is a great thing,” he said to Loudwire. “He’s one of the members of the band that helped define this sound.” Now we talk to Welch about the reunion.

REVOLVER Are you excited to get back together with Korn for June’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park shows?
BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Yes, because separating with them was a big deal. It was hard, they were my family. I grew up with them. And right when we met, we were smoking weed, drinking beer. And so we basically found a career doing that: We just did drugs and drank and did music for the next years and years. So we all got addicted and had relationships and we all turned into people we didn’t like.

How did the reunion come together?
Last year, I ended up at the Carolina Rebellion show. Evanescence played, and I had gone with P.O.D., because I was on tour with them. Korn was playing. I was just going to go say hi to them. I saw Munky, and we talked for a long time. It was the first time we talked in seven years. He’s sober now and everyone’s in a good place. They asked me to jam with them [on the song "Blind"] five minutes before the show. I was like, This was supposed to be the first time I was gonna watch Korn. I was going to go to the soundboard and everything. But I was like, “All right I’ll do it.” And I felt this connection. It was all positive. When I left Korn, there was all this negative crap everywhere. I went home and thought, That was a cool experience. So Munky called me a little bit later about reuniting [for the shows in Germany]. I told him I didn’t think it was the right time, but maybe later. Then I thought about it more and I called him back. I had so much fun jamming I said, “Let’s do it.” It’s a couple shows. I want to connect with the fans. It is the right time. We’re just going slow right now. We’re just gonna do those couple shows and see what happens. Just have a good time.

Have you been jamming together since then?
We’re gonna get together and jam soon. I definitely need to practice those old songs I haven’t played in seven years. We’ll all get together soon here.

What are you looking forward to playing with the guys?
I’m looking forward to many of them. There are a couple of songs on the first album where me and Jonathan [Davis, Korn's frontman] sang together: “Ball Tongue” and “Lies.” I’m looking forward to doing those two songs with them. Hopefully, they’ll be cool with it. And “Falling Away,” “Freak on a Leash,” those big songs back in the day. To see the crowd go crazy on those songs is awesome. I’m really looking forward to it.

 

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  • FreakonAleash91

    If they ever play a show together in the US, it would make me the happiest person in the world. I saw them all together once in 2004 and many times since than but it is not the same without Brian.

    • scott

      all we need is david back and get rid of this industrial rock kick that they’re on. and will be good to go

      • FiveO

        They need David to make the Real Korn sound !

  • endworld09

    This might be the new beginning for Korn 2013 !

  • devinmetalhead97

    man they need to do something like this in the us, wasnt a big fan of bath to totality, but i would love to see them live with brian…

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.castillo.167 Dan Castillo

    I’ve seen korn in concert since 2000… Anyone who knows what they sound like with him knows that they have been missing a crucial element for a long time now. They are all tallented but they lost the dual wall of guitar that munkey and head were together. They brouht back the 7string guitar together and they are responsible for the sound korn made us all love them with. Bring it home to the US. Do a whole reunion tour and leave it at that if you have to but at least give all the loyal fans from the 90′s a chance to enjoy the reunion.

  • Bottzy

    Korn 2013 US Tour, w/ opening bands (Heads) Love and Hate, (Fieldys) Stillwell, (Monkeys) Fear and the Nervous System….

  • RocknRoll

    Brian is a big piece of Korn but Korn is not complete unless you have David drumming.