Korn's Brian "Head" Welch

Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch Says Linkin Park Have Forgiven Him For “Cowardly” Suicide Comment


When word broke of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington‘s suicide back on July 20th, a grief-stricken Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch let emotion get the best of him, venting in part: “Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!“. In the wake of immediate backlash, he later apologized for his comments, explaining he was processing his emotions in real time.

Though it became somewhat of a mini-controversy due to the perceived insensitive nature of the comment, it would appear that it’s all water under the bridge between him and the Linkin Park camp. Welch said earlier today (September 22nd) via Instagram:

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“When I heard the news about our friend Chester Bennington I was so sad, hurt and angry. In my shock and confusion I didn’t know how to process my feelings correctly. I spoke out from a broken heart and I want to thank the LP camp, and all of my friends and fans for the forgiveness, understanding and grace that was extended to me. I am honored to celebrate Chester‘s life with our boys in LP, their fans, and many of my friends and colleagues in the music industry.”

The celebration he speaks of above is the forthcoming sold out tribute show to Bennington, which will be held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on October 27th. Linkin Park will take to the stage for the first time since Bennington‘s death that night and will be joined by various guests. Confirmed participants for the performance thus far include:

Jonathan Davis (Korn)
M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
Oliver Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon)
Daron Malakian (System Of A Down)
Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down)
John Dolmayan (System Of A Down)
Machine Gun Kelly
Ryan Key (ex-Yellowcard)

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