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Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch Recalls Fedexing Himself Meth, Being Punked By Tool’s Maynard James Keenan


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Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch appears on the below new episode of the ‘Allegedly…‘ podcast hosted by Theo Von and Matthew Cole Weiss. He opens up on numerous topics in the chat, including giving up a child for adoption, his latest book, “With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn“, getting his eyelids tattooed and much more. Some excerpts from the conversation can be found below:

On Korn‘s early days and standing out from the rapmetal/nü-metal movement during its heyday:

“Once we got Jonathan Davis it was weird because we had this hip hop, like Cypress Hill, West Coast rap type of thing groove and some sounds ‘mimics guitar squeal’ on the guitar. But then we had this feminine soft singing singer who sings like a Trent Reznor whisper, but then he’ll be like ‘rah bra rah raghhra’, And so it was all mixed up. And that’s why I’m proud of Korn through that, what they the rap genre-or the rapmetal era-because we weren’t really that. A lot of the rap metals were like ‘Yeah! *unintelligible rap*’ Jonathan was so freaky, like he was into goth and new wave and he was just like a feminine guy growing up. He got called faggot and all kinds of stuff growing up and just picked on and so he sang about that stuff and it was real authentic to people. You know what’s funny is he used to see the jocks out in the crowd out, in moshpits, and he was just confused by it. He didn’t like it.”

On whether or not he felt fans had deserted him when he came out as a devout Christian:

“Yes, they thought I did one too many lines and saw Jesus, you know? So they thought I was nuts. But when I put my book out, a lot of the people were like, a lot of the fans read it and they were like ‘ohhh, that’s what happened. He was miserable and totally hated life.’ So they forgave me really quick, but they never came to my solo shows. I got like from 50 to 300-400 people.”

On targeting 50 Cent with the song “A Cheap Name“:

“That was when I was coming off meth and that was like ten years ago, eleven years. And I’m pretty embarrassed about that.”

On the fallout from his religious conversion, and what he regretted:

“Maybe going around with a white gown looking like Jesus. They were like, they really did think I got brainwashed… I dunno, it’s kind of cool look back, but I dunno.”

“This is the most embarrassing thing, this is the most. Maynard from Tool went to MTV and he’s like “I just want to tell you guys that I found God and he’s changed my life…’ and they wrote an article and they emailed me and they said he like ‘hey, did you hear about Maynard? What do you think about that?’ And I was like ‘ahh yeah God told me this was going to happen to other musicians and it’s going to be awesome and I’m happy for him’ and it was just a big hoax, he was just making fun of me. That’s when I backed out of the media. It wasn’t like horrid, it was just like, ahhh, punked.”

(For more on that check out the MTV piece.)

On Korn‘s new album:

“We’re trying to finish it, we’re mostly done, but we keep going back to finish things.”

“We’re shooting for a late summer release, so in the summer sometime with a new song, and I think people are really gonna love it.”

“It’s what Korn has always been, it feels like Jonathan ripped his soul open in a new way. Because he’s just really been having some issues and stuff and he’s just really honest on this record. But the intensity is so strong. It’s like “Issues” album or something. It’s just like ‘woah’, I just feel it man and everyone’s feeling it that’s hearing it… It’s what Korn is all about to me.”

On his lowest point in his life:

“In Germany, 2004, in the winter and I was watching a package come from California into New York, into the UK and then somewhere else and then it landed in Germany. And it had my three 8-balls of meth in it. And I was watching it through FedEx mail online. So that was the gutter.”

“I could get arrested for stuff like that. You don’t send drugs over… I was just like I’ve got my daughter at home – I’m risking everything, everything, in my life.”

“That was the period when I was suicidal. I just hated myself. Guilt, shame and all that.”

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