Brian ‘Head’ Welch: Korn Asked Me to Rejoin ‘Every Year or Two’ When I Was Out of the Band
When Brian "Head" Welch initially left Korn, there were numerous reasons for him to leave. He made headlines over his conversion to Christianity and spoke openly about his desire to leave the lifestyle and get clean, but some of his reasoning also revolved around becoming a better parent to his daughter. So naturally when he decided to return to the band several years later, he had an open discussion with his daughter before accepting the offer to play with the group again.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, the guitarist revealed that his accepting the offer in 2013 wasn't the first time that the band's management had reached out. "When I wasn't in the band, Korn management hit me up every year or two asking me to rejoin," revealed Welch. "I would do book signings, and they would send someone to say, 'Hey, it would be cool to have you back one day.' My daughter would be here, and at 8, 9, 10 years old, she would say, 'No way, Dad. You can't go back to that band.'"
But as time passed, the idea became more appealing, and once again, he turned to his daughter before rejoining the group. "When I did talk to her about it, it wasn't like, 'Jennea, can I go back to Korn?' It was like, 'How do you feel about this?' She was like, 'I think it's awesome. Those are your brothers, and you grew up with them. I think that the fans would need you,' because a lot of them are stuck back in this crazy life that I wrote about in the first book. Maybe I could go help some of them," adds Welch. "It was just time. She knew it, and I knew it."
When asked about how fans have accepted the changes in his life, Head responded, "A lot of them have changed along with me. But everything has changed. Now there are athletes and all kinds of musicians, from Iron Maiden to Alice Cooper, who are Christian. It's more accepting now. I'm not the only weirdo."
Head goes more in-depth on what happened after he left Korn, his relationship with his daughter and his journey in returning to the band in his new book, With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles & Mistakes on My Way Back to Korn. The book is currently available to order here.
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