Korn's Brian "Head" Welch

Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch Speaks Further Of Chester Bennington’s Death In Emotional Video


Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has shared the following video after drawing backlash for his initial statements regarding the suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Yesterday an emotional Welch took to the internet, in part originally stating:

“How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I’m sick of this suicide shit! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sempethetic, but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!! Not trying to be insensitive… I’m just having an emotional day.”

He later walked back those comments via a series of posts and has since said the following in the below video:

“Hey guys, just hanging out after the show tonight in… It was pretty cool. We played “4 U” and Jonathan dedicated it to Chester, it was moving and Ray was in tears. It’s crazy. I got emotional today about it. I’m just… man, it’s so close to home. It’s so close to home.

We are a small community here in the rock world and it’s just so crazy. I got mad and sad and grieving… I know everybody is out there. But I just don’t want it to happen anymore.

Just don’t get the rope or whatever and put it around your neck—no more. Don’t get the pills and take them, don’t get a gun and shoot yourself. Just nobody do it anymore. I’m just at that point where it’s too much.

You know Chris‘ death—Chris Cornell‘s death hit me—and I didn’t ever hang out with him, but it was just like really brutal. And then as I’m feeling better—or whatever, time’s passed—I’m getting over that or whatever and I wake up to hear an old friend did the same thing that Chris did. It just shocked me. I’m still shocked.

I don’t know… Just God do something good from all this tragedy that’s been happening in rock music. Just do something good from this and be with his family. I love Chester, I love the guys in Linkin Park. We got history with them.

What just genuine nice guys. And Chester is just so nice and I hurt for his kids. I’m just pissed off and sad about Chris‘ kids and Chester‘s kids and everybody’s kids out there that lose someone because of a bad mistake, a bad choice.

Mental illness is severe and I’ve been through it and thank God that I didn’t do it. Do anything you gotta do guys to get past those feelings—don’t be alone. Anyway I just wanted to share my heart cause I had a pretty rough day today.”