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By Andy Argyrakis
Korn's Brian "Head" Welch debuts brand new band Love and Death
Monday, March 11, 2013
Even though Brian "Head" Welch amassed everything imaginable as lead guitarist for 35 million album selling megastars Korn, he couldn't have been further from finding fulfillment. Sure, he made more money than anyone could spend in a lifetime, sold out shows at the world's biggest venues and had throngs of adoring fans following him every step of the way, but it didn't mask the pain and emptiness that came from a downward spiral of various addictions.
"Ever since I was ten years old, I wanted to be a rock star, so I worked for it, and ten years later found myself in Hollywood, started Korn and had my dreams come true," shares Welch in a candid phone conversation, noting that fantasy quickly turned into a nightmare. "I got addicted to every drug and alcohol, so my life went down hill year by year and kept getting worse. I was a pill addict [and also addicted to] crystal meth, cocaine and alcohol. I lost my marriage through it all, ended up with the custody of my daughter, and being in Korn, that meant a tug of war between what was going on and what I wanted to raise my daughter to be."
Fast forward a few years and Welch didn't just get clean, but also found God, all of which was traced throughout 2007's autobiography Save Me From Myself and the following year's solo album of the same name. Come 2013, Welch's new lease on life continues as he fronts the brand new hard rock band Love and Death, who recently released its debut disc "Between Here & Lost" (Tooth & Nail Records) under the production of Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin, Red), plus mixing by Paul Pavao & Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot) and Jim Monti (Korn). "It's more of a full band effort and maybe will cross over to more people, whereas the solo thing was really personal and experimental," he explains. "I don't care what's popular- I just do what's in my heart- but now that it's more of a band thing, we're just being who we are and going for songs that people would like. You can definitely tell similarities [to the past] because it's just my style, but I think there's a lot more melodic stuff going on with Love and Death." Thursday, March 14 at Mojoes: www.mojoesofjoliet.com.
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