After Leaving Korn, Brian ‘Head’ Welch Would Dream He’d Returned

Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch would have dreams he’d returned to the Jonathan Davis-fronted rockers while he was out of the band from 2005 to 2012. That’s despite the fact that the musician had decided to leave Korn to help curb his drug addiction and better explore his faith.

But even though Welch got clean and began issuing solo material under his own name, eventually forming the still active metal band Love and Death, he couldn’t escape an innate desire to reunite with Korn. According to the guitarist, however, the impulse only emerged while he slept.

“When I was awake, I was OK because I was so addicted to my new life and my new adventure,” Welch recently remembered to Metal Hammer. “When I used to have downtime in Korn, that was when the addiction and the depression would hit me, so when I left, there was a period of time where I was loving life. I just focused on my daughter and stayed away from MTV and the media; I didn’t want to know what they were doing.”

He continued, “But when I went to sleep, 80 percent of my nights I would dream about being back onstage with those guys. I would wake up and have an emotional feeling about that. I was missing them. In real life, I wasn’t, but my subconscious was. For about seven years, I dreamed about those guys!”

That dream became reality at 2012’s Carolina Rebellion festival in Rockingham, N.C., where, in an unplanned guest spot, Welch would join Korn onstage to play “Blind.” After that heartwarming reconciliation, the guitarist was confirmed to be an official Korn member again later that year.

“When I jumped up onstage [at Carolina Rebellion], it was like an instant connection, but yet it felt so foreign,” the guitarist explained. “The last two years in Korn, I was totally blissed out of my mind — either drunk or, for sure, on methamphetamines. So from this blurry memory to being clear as a bell, I was tripping. Like, ‘Whoa, this is surreal!’ It was really exciting. I thought it was just the closing of the book, we all forgave each other. and I got one more chance to play with them. That was awesome.”

These days, Welch gets the best of both worlds, continuing with Korn while using Love and Death as an additional outlet. Love and Death’s latest album, Perfectly Preserved, arrived this month. Meanwhile, Korn are throwing around ideas for their follow-up to 2019’s The Nothing.

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Head: Why Korn Don’t Like Encores But Still Play Them Anyway

The concert encore is nearly guaranteed at any show you attend (well, back when shows were still a thing, at least). What was once a courtesy extended to the most rabid fans who clamored for more after the set had finished is entirely commonplace and Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch has opened up on why the band isn’t fond of the practice.

“We never have been an encore band,” Head said as a guest on the “Bringin’ It Backwards” podcast (audio below, transcription via Blabbermouth).

Expressing how the band has a conflicted view of the encore concept, Head continued, “We would debate about it, saying, ‘It’s so cheesy, man. It’s so cheesy. They want it so bad, but…’ We don’t do encores. We would tell people in the press, ‘We don’t do encores. We give it our all, and then we’re done.'”

Even though it was by design to play one full set and be done with the show, it didn’t go over well with fans, who ultimately swayed Korn in the other direction.

“And then fans started getting mad, especially fans in different countries. They’re, like, ‘It’s disrespectful if you don’t come back out.’ So we had to do it,” relayed the guitarist.

Part of the band’s mindset comes from the fact that the encore is now fully expected by concert audiences, rather than fans screaming and cheering for more.

“And to this day, we don’t really love it because everybody expects it and they don’t really cheer for it now. They’re just, like, ‘Okay.’ … You want be done and then the crowd to demand you back out with applause. That’s what the encores were meant for. But that’s all gone to shit now,” Head lamented.

Korn’s last live was played on March 1 in Fresno, California as they concluded a co-headlining run with Breaking Benjamin. The four song encore that night, per, was comprised of “4 U,” “Twist,” “Coming Undone” (with a snippet of Queen‘s “We Will Rock You”) and “Falling Away From Me.”

Although the touring industry shut down worldwide just a couple weeks after that tour wrapped up, members of Korn and Breaking Benjamin continued their work together as Head and Jasen Rauch reunited their Love and Death band. The group dropped Perfectly Preserved, their first since the 2013 Between Here and Lost debut.

Brian ‘Head’ Welch on the ‘Bringin It Backwards’ Podcast

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25 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2011

The rock world was still finding fresh footing at the top of the 21st century’s second decade. The year 2011 provided some quality records, but in most cases the veteran acts were adding solid selections to their established catalogs rather than turning in their best works.

That said, Foo Fighters gave us arguably their best record since the ’90s with Wasting Light and bands such as Seether, Five Finger Death Punch and Rise Against continued to churn out high quality rock radio gems. The Black Keys showed they were no one-album wonder and prolific rockers Korn decided to shake things up by taking their sound into a new area.

The year also saw the emergence of Black Veil Brides, the returns of Bush and Blink-182 and so much more. Join us as we reflect on the best rock albums of 2011 in the gallery below. And to see the best metal albums of 2011, head here.

25 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2011

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