Korn's Brian "Head" Welch

Korn Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch Explains His Comments Regarding Suicide Being “Cowardly”


Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch sparked off a wave of controversy when he took the internet following the July 20th suicide of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and described it as being a “cowardly” act. In particular, he stated:

“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. Love you Chester. And Chris.”

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Welch was of course processing his grief in a very direct way and later walked back his comments as such. Speaking recently with Meltdown from WRIF in the below interview, he offered:

“It was unfortunate. I spoke from a broken heart, a shattered heart, devastation and grief. And I would have worded it different. But when in the history of rock music, or even the music business, have we ever seen anything like that?

Just monsters voices, such inspirations to so many. Chris Cornell ended his life [and I was] heartbroken. I wasn’t close to him, but it was just like… [You would expect that from] people that are messed up in their lives—not this guy who has a family and is doing so well. And we heard stories, maybe it was the Ativan that did it. So tragic, right? So I started feeling okay after that, ’cause a couple of months passed, or whatever.

We wake up and we all see this Chester all over TMZ. I’m, like, ‘This has gotta be a hoax. It’s gotta be a hoax. It just can’t be real.’ Then I find out that it’s actually true. And we were all devastated; you should have seen our faces.

Just like the whole world, I bet, that knew of this guy. We were in shock. The whole band was talking about it.

What happened was I started grieving. I went and got alone. I went to my hotel room and just kind of was just in shock, thinking about reading everything. ‘Is it true?’ Are they sure? Are they sure they got it right?’ And I was just over it. I’m, like, ‘No more, man. Stop!’ Two guys are dead now. They took their lives. And I hear that Chester took it on Chris Cornell‘s birthday. I freaked out. I’m, like, ‘It’s gotta stop.’

You know Slash said it best. As I was tweeting, he said… he tweeted, ‘An avalanche of emotions and feelings: sadness, anger, confusion, loss, heartbreak.’ He says, ‘I can go on, but loss and heartbreak reign here.’

And I think I was going through all that stuff, and I did it online. So I learned not to process grief online. And apologies to any of his fans—I meant no disrespect. I was shattered, I was heartbroken and so sorry for my good friends that have been so close to him. But it’s been over a week now. It’s just a sad thing all around.”

Speaking of the backlash to his post, he offered:

“You could tell that I was just devastated, right? But you got the Daily Mail UK, you got TMZ or whatever, they put the subject line that sells, that gets people to click things… ‘This guy says this’ and so they start all that but I will take the blame because I… It’s my fault but I would have worded it differently. ‘Cause I’m honored to him and the Linkin Park guys are so amazing, they’re so cool.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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