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Love & Death’s Brian Head Welch says Korn reunion “meant to be”
FLINT, MI — After writing three books and touring with his own music, former full-time Korn guitarist Brian Head Welch has learned to forgive.
“That’s one of the most powerful things on the Earth is forgiveness. It brings such peace to a soul that forgives and is forgiven.”
That forgiveness was extended to Korn, with whom he will perform at a series of European festivals this summer.
“It’s the first time in seven years,” he said. “It’s really cool. Everyone’s sober. Everyone’s happy. It’s all positive there now. They asked me to do a couple shows and I was like, ‘Let’s do it.’ We talked and there was some stuff we had to agree on, of course, because everyone’s in a different place now. We all met in the middle now and it was easy.”
He said the reunion with Korn was “meant to be.”
“Since 2005, I knew I was just supposed to take off for awhile and do my thing,” said Welch, who formed the band Love and Death after performing solo.
“I thought it would be permanent. I met up with them last May by chance at a concert and I talked to them. They asked me to play ‘Blind,’ which I actually play in my set with my band. I played it with them. And with the reaction and everything I could tell it was time to reconnect in a certain way. That’s all. It’s really just from the heart, being led by the heart and seeing where I’m supposed to be. I don’t think this is going to be a boring year at all.”
In the meantime, he’s pushing Love and Death, which is opening for Thousand Foot Krutch at The Machine Shop in Flint on Saturday, March 2. The band released its debut full-length, “Between Here and Lost,” on Jan. 22 through Razor and Tie Records. It was originally slated to hit stores in November but was delayed due to record company restructuring.
“We had to wait awhile there but it’s finally happening,” he said. “We’re real excited. Everything is going to feel fresh this year.”
The collection was produced by Jasen Rauch, former rhythm guitarist for the band Red with whom Welch loves working
“He would take riffs — I’m from the ’90s you know — that sounded a little dated and just totally put an edit on them or try something new and bring it up to date,” Welch said of Rauch.
“He has great ideas. He thinks outside of the box and he’s just really talented.”
“Between Here and Lost” has a Detroit connection as well. Ben Grosse, formerly of Pearl Sound in Canton, mixed the record.
“That guy is phenomenal,” Welch said. “That’s the guy who mixed [Marilyn Manson's] ‘Beautiful People,’ so he is the man. I look forward to working with him a lot.”
Whether or not the album finds success or if the reunion with Korn sticks, Welch isn’t taking anything for granted.
“It’s a fun thing creating music and going out and playing it,” Welch said. “It’s like everything in life, sometimes you get tired of stuff, but you got have to keep your head on straight. It’s one of the best things to do.
“I do that by staying focused and praying and trying to be just thankful for what I need to do. It’s a privilege. You give a lot because you give up your home life you’re always gone. It’s difficult. I just try to remain in the positive. You can go around and give gifts to people because they really cherish what you do. It’s a huge gift.”
Love and Death along with The Letter Black and Manafest opening for Thousand Foot Krutch
7 p.m. Saturday, March 2
The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint
$15 in advance
(810) 715-2650 or etix.com