Brian Head Welch Returns Home to Bakersfield to Speak at BHS

brian head welch, bakersfield high school

On Friday, Brian Head Welch was a guest speaker at Bakersfield High School which was arranged by Grace Assembly of God.

Brian Head Welch on The Revolution TV

Brian Head Welch, The Revolution TV

Brian Head Welch Talks to Rockbook Rockmagazin at Sziget

Brian Head Welch, Korn, Rockbook Rockmagazin

Thank you Fanni Meszaros!

Source: Rockbook

Sounds like we have a fall tour announcement imminent! What are you hoping for with this upcoming Fall Tour?

Korn’s Brian Head Welch and Ray Luzier Talk With Sofakingnews

Brian Head Welch, Ray Luzier, Korn, Sofakingnews

Brian Head Welch Interview in UpState Live

Brian Head Welch by Jim ‘JT’ Gilbert

Source: UpState Live

Back in 1993, ‘nu metal’ was barely a thing in the musical landscape. But five young guys from Bakersfield, California started a band that would become the powerhouse metal band Korn. From their debut self-titled album which gained instant success, to the slew of consistent chart topping albums for the last 20 years, they have been a lasting force in the heavy music scene. The members remained constant until 2005 when Brian ‘Head’ Welch decided to leave the band because, in part, to his addiction to drugs. He then found religion, cleaned up, wrote books and started new bands. In 2013 he officially rejoined Korn, bringing the guitar double team of Brian and James ‘Munky’ Shaffer back to full strength. At the recent Rockstar Mayhem Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, Jim Gilbert and I got to sit down with Head and talk about what the road back to Korn was like, and how it feels to be back.

Jim Gilbert: How have you been?

Brian ‘Head’ Welch: Life is good, man. You know there is always something to do on this tour. We wake up, eat and then we are busy like crazy. I am also working on a new book, and I am way behind on it, so it takes any free second I have. There are other bands we want to see, on the small stages too. Then we have meet-and-greet, and after the show we are doing after parties. So we have like an hour to shower off, and then we meet like a hundred people every night and then it’s bedtime.

Jeff Ayers: How are those after parties? We heard that some are thrown by other bands.

BHW: Ours is more of a one with our fans kinda thing. We hang out, play some music, take pictures. It’s like a meet-and-greet, but you can buy drinks and hang out in a different atmosphere. There is a Q and A too.

JA: That sounds cool.

BHW: Yea, I don’t really like it. It’s a cool thing, but I was under the impression it was going to be the whole band there. Jonathan [Davis] has his kids out [on this tour] so he is never there. So the vibe is always, “Where’s Jonathan? Where’s Jonathan?” So I am not going to do it again, unless he signs an agreement that he is going to be there. I mean, I understand, he has his kids. But you know, I got a different impression about these after parties

JG: What’s the new book going to be about?

BHW: It’s about my eight years away from Korn, and my road back to Korn. So it is about me, trying to be the normal person, trying to be dad, and getting my life together while breaking apart a few times a year. I was always wasted the whole time before, and I couldn’t run to that stuff anymore, but I wanted to. A few times. I went through a lot of stuff, and I am writing all that stuff down. It’s flowing out of me, so I think it’s meant to be.

JA: It has to be cathartic, too, to be able to get that onto the page. I am a writer myself, and getting hardship, pain, and loss written down can be helpful and help with the healing

BHW: Yea, you are right. But it is hard too, I mean, I’m feeling it too. I had this episode with my daughter, during the time we [Love and Death] were fighting with this label. They were stringing us along, and they had done it a few times before that, and then they were like “We are going to pass”. So I said “I’m done!” and threw my phone and broke it, but I had this episode with my daughter because she got hit by the phone on accident. It was the worst day, I felt like I might lose her. It has been hard at times, too.

JG: In that eight year recovery, is there a defining moment? That pinnacle moment that smacked you in the face and made life clearer?

BHW: I’d say when I finally hit the day, well I don’t know if it was a day or a time period, but when you hit a place in life where you step back and go, ‘Everything just changed right now’ whether it is a new a career or something. When I went through my bankruptcy, I hit a place where I realized ‘I just went through all of that for a reason.” I faced every fear that I had in life, I faced every emotion that was caused by my drug addiction, every bad thing that I could face, I did, and made it through. Facing those things actually cleansed me from them, so I am new man. It felt like for a time there was a curse on my life. I wrote my first book, and that was cool, but I then started a label, which failed, then I lost my house, then people were trying to sue me left and right. Then I moved to Nashville, I started a new band that wasn’t successful, and it was just like ‘C’mon man!’. But [looking back], it was all a process to make the person I wanted to be, this new man. Then I entered into peace right there, and I have been good ever since.

JG: Can I ask what happened recently in Europe? You guys, Love and Death, were just on tour and you had to cancel dates, didn’t you get sick?

BHW: Yea I had a kidney stone, and had surgery. I was in three different hospitals, called the paramedics twice, once in an airport, once in a hotel. Right in front of the Russian fans, it was just bad. I didn’t know what was going on, because they initially told me I didn’t have a kidney stone, but then my gall bladder started failing. Then my kidneys started hurting really bad. The doctors were just messing around, and I ended up having surgery. I had to Google translate with my surgeon. I asked, “I still feel like I am going to die, we had the surgery, what’s wrong?” Then he would Google translate back to me, it was rough.

JA: Wow, that sounds crazy!

BHW: Yea, remember how I told you everything got better after that certain day? Well that was challenging. But, after going through everything I had before, when I faced the kidney stone I was O.K.. Even though I was in extreme pain, I was fine inside, I knew I could get through it.

JG: You took those eight years off from Korn, now that you are back for a little over a year, how has it been?

BHW: 2014 has been great. 2013 was a little challenging. I came in from running the show at Love and Death. Even though it was a tiny show, it was my show, so I was making all the business decisions, saving tons of money on flights, and hotels and stuff. So I came back here, and I was all about trying to do things different, business wise. I talked with the guys, and was like “Why is this happening? You know how much money we could save, etc?” So I would let it eat me up inside. I was treating the tour manager pretty bad, and he’s been doing this for fifteen years, and he has his ways. He doesn’t work on the things that save nickels, he works on the things that save lots of money. I was sitting there worrying about the nickels, so it took me awhile to balance that. I had a conversation with him eventually where I apologized, because this was a big change for me and had to adjust. Once I got past that though, I have had a good year.

JA: Your new record, The Paradigm Shift, is doing great. You just came out with that the end of last year, what is the plan for after Mayhem Fest?

BHW: Well, I wish I had confirmation to tell you about this thing we are working on, but I can’t say it yet. We are looking to do a really nice tour in the fall. I thought it was just going to be a few shows to close out the year, festivals and stuff like that. But this thing came up, and I am really excited for it to come together. So big tour in the fall, and then I don’t know about next year. We haven’t really gotten that far yet. I think it would be good to take a couple of months off [from touring]. You know, do a couple of cool shows, but everybody just go away for a little bit. Give everybody a break, the fans a break, the band a break, and then start writing the next record. We will see what happens.

JA: Do you guys write music individually and then bring it together or is the writing process a collaboration?

BHW: The big thing with Korn, is we like to get into a room, and flesh it all out together. But we also write at home to bring ideas to those sessions. Definitely have to do that, because the famous thing we like to talk about is when we are holding our guitars and staring at our feet on the floor, and we try to do stuff and it sounds like we are beginning teenagers all over again. Looking around the room asking, “Is this cool?” [laughs]. That’s desperate, so playing on our own helps to stop that.

JG: You guys have been playing now for a long time, and being on the road with the same guys over and over again, it can put strains on dealing with each other. Do you guys handle that pretty well as a band?

BHW: Obviously, humans are humans. Even the people you love will get on your nerves, and it will happen out here on the road too. But you learn to just walk away, and then come back. That’s all is. There are some days, like four weeks into the tour, and you have a great night with everybody and you are on the bus just laughing. On the hard moments, you just walk away and try and go refuel by yourself. At this point, we all know how to do that really well.

Korn’s Brian Head Welch and Ray Luzier Interview in Examiner

Brian Head Welch by David Hans

Source: Examiner

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Korn materialized from the murky depths of Bakersfield, CA at a time when mainstream rock radio was reeling from the loss of Kurt Cobain from the airwaves. From coast to coast, labels were churning out carbon copies of Nirvana hoping to strike gold once again, but the majority of them resulted in nothing more than cheap imitation.

Something had to give. Someone had to shift the paradigm and put the posers out of their misery before it was too late.

The reality was that we didn’t need another Cobain, because never in a million years could there ever be one. What we needed was a movement predicated on something real rather than forced, atypical rather than another notch on the belt of the status quo.

When I first heard “Shoots and Ladders” at nine-years-old, I knew even then that a new scene was forming. A frightening one, to be sure, but one intriguing enough to warrant seeking out “Follow the Leader” when it was released a year later.

Whether it was the distinctly dark illustrations from Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane, or the organized lyrical chaos of Jonathan Davis, everything about that album resonated with me as a kid about to enter junior high.

The Nu-metal masterpiece, “Freak on a Leash,” dropped as a single on my eleventh birthday, which meant that the days of Britney Spears and 98 Degrees dominating MTV’s Total Request Live were numbered. While I wasn’t enamored with what the rest of the Nu-metal scene was doing, Korn’s output never ceased to fascinate me.

I caught up with guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and drummer Ray Luzier prior to their set as part of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival recently to discuss all things band-related.

If you’ve never seen them live before, you owe it to yourself to venture out at least once while they’re still at the top of their game.

Question: Are you guys enjoying the tour so far?

Luzier: We’re loving every minute of it.

Question: So, you guys have an upcoming CD release?

Luzier: The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition. It’s at Best Buy right now, they’re promoting it. You can also get it on iTunes soon, as well. It has our new single, “Hater,” which is being played on the radio and during our live set. There’s a song called “The Game is Over,” which was meant for the Hercules soundtrack, and I really like it a lot. There’s also one that didn’t make the original album called “Die Another Day.”

Question: Do you guys get excited to see the film when one of your songs is chosen for a soundtrack?

Luzier: I was a session guy for a while, so I had a lot of movie soundtrack stuff come along. It’s pretty cool when you hear yourself, but I’ve been on a lot of movies such as “Money for Nothing” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Question: How does Mayhem compare to other festivals you guys have played?

Welch: They’re all about the same. They’re really fun and they have a great vibe. When you get into the building scene, sometimes it feels like you’re in prison due to being stuck backstage within the walls. It’s better than prison, obviously, but the backstage areas aren’t as glamorous as people think.

Luzier: Everyone’s always trying to get backstage, because they think it’s this amazing place. When they finally get there, they’re usually like, “This is it?”

Welch: These tours are better, because everyone wants to hang out and there are more bands to watch.

Luzier: Overseas, they’re definitely different. The states are getting better, but, to me, when you go over to Donington or Rock am Ring, those people camp out in tents to be the first ones running in there when the gates open at 9 a.m.

Question: How you guys construct a setlist when playing a festival?

Welch: We definitely need to put together a new one for the next tour.

Luzier: It’s hard, you know, because Korn has been around for so long. I’ve been in the band almost eight years, but they’ve been together almost 20. There’s a lot of material. 120 songs. We try to please the old-school fans, but then other fans get pissed when we don’t play the new stuff. A few years ago, when Brian was out of the band, we did a medley of like eight Korn songs in 10 minutes where we played a verse and chorus of each. It was cool, because everyone who wanted to hear “Twisted Transistor” or all the other songs we never play got to hear them. I hope we do that again someday. We have to play the hits, but we also try to play obscure ones. Our real show is about 90 minutes and here we only get to play an hour.

Question: What music are you currently listening to?

Luzier: Honestly, I’m supporting my boys from Emmure over on the side stage. I had never heard of them before this tour, but I’ve become a big fan. I went over to watch them the other day and I actually bought their album on iTunes. That’s right. I bought it, kids. Don’t steal music. I’m so sick of that. Just to support them, I paid for the record. I also listen to Gojira and Seal, that’s how weird I am. I listen to eclectic stuff.

Welch: I like a new band on this tour called Islander. They’re really good and great to watch.

Question: What’s your strangest road experience?

Welch: Someone offered me coke the other night, which was weird.

Luzier: I’ve never done a drug in my life, so it’s always funny when someone offers me something. Weird stuff happens every day. My drum set gets mixed up on the truck sometimes, so half of it is uneven when it first goes on stage. Mostly, it’s like Groundhog Day, because you wake up and do the same stuff.

Welch: One of the other band’s crew members punched another guy the other night, as well.

Question: What would you be doing if you weren’t drumming for Korn?

Luzier: We’re lifers. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I’d probably be an engineer in the studio, because I’m a music geek who loves the mixing process. I always tell people at my drum clinics that the music business is in such a weird state right now that you should have something to fall back on. 10 or 15 years ago, I wouldn’t have said that, but now it’s much different. It’s weird, really. I told myself a long time ago that I’d be doing it whether I was successful or not. Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, I’ve done it all. Some people get into it thinking they have to rock stars or nothing, but I’ve had a rocky road. Korn blew up very quickly and stayed on this wave, but I didn’t have that. I played with David Lee Roth for years and the guys from Stone Temple Pilots, but then I’d put on a wig to go play disco on the weekends. Korn found me and it’s my new home. It’s awesome.

Don’t miss Korn as part of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. They’re absolutely killing it night after night on the main stage.

See http://www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for details.

“The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition” is available now as a Best Buy Exclusive.

Korn’s James Munky Shaffer and Brian Head Welch Talk to Guitar Player TV

Korn's James Munky Shaffer and Brian Head Welch, Guitar Player TV

Video: Brian Head Welch NACC 2014 Keynote

Brian Head Welch NACC 2014 Keynote

Source: Parkview Christian Church

Brian Head Welch on Why He Returned to Korn (Holy Ghost)…Buy Your Ticket NOW!

Brian Head Welch, Korn, Holy Ghost

Don’t forget that Holy Ghost’s digital premier is on 9 Aug! Buy your pre-order ticket NOW or you’ll have to wait to see the video!

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Video: Brian Head Welch Pittsburgh Music Mag Press Conference

Brian Head Welch, Korn, Pittsburgh Mayhem Festival Press Conference

Source: Pittsburgh Music Magazine

Synopsis:

Brian says that 3 or 4 ideas are recorded for new Love and Death album and hoping for a 2015 release! Brian’s new book’s working title of “With My Eye’s Open” and it’s about the 8 years he was away form Korn and the road that lead him back to Korn. Expect the book out sometime in 2015. Brian says there may be a HUGE tour in the US in the fall this year.

Audio: Korn on the Red Carpet at AP Music Awards

Korn on the Red Carpet at AP Music Awards

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