Brian "Head" Welch Talks Playing with Korn at "Rock on the Range"
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:55:00
"This year is going to be crazy for me in a great way," proclaims Brian "Head" Welch with a smile.
Welch just unleashed Love and Death's phenomenal debut, Between Here and Lost, and he's gearing up for a string of festival dates with Korn. It's a monumental moment for metal and hard rock fans to have Welch rejoining the fold. They're doing it as big as possible with an appearance at America's premier rock festival, Rock on the Range, May 17, 18, and 19 in Columbus, OH.
The chemistry between Welch, Jonathan Davis, Reggie "Fieldy" Arvizu, and James "Munky" Shaffer remains legendary, and this will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable performances of the entire year.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Brian "Head" Welch talks playing Rock on the Range with Korn.
How does it feel to be doing Rock on the Range with Korn?
It's a bit surreal because I didn't expect it to happen. We have no hate for each other like some of these other bands that haven't talked in years. People grew. Everyone went to different places in life. I don't know. It was so long that I didn't see it happening, but then when it crept up on me last May during Carolina Rebellion, I saw the emotion. Nothing else mattered except reconciliation, brotherly love, and that family feel with the guys and the fans. People were in tears. I thought, "This is a really good thing". When they hit me up about the shows this year, to me, it was time. This is the proper time. The reason I felt like it would never happen because it wasn't the proper time yet. As soon as the day hit when I felt it was right, it felt so good. I'm really excited about this year with them.
What Korn songs are you looking forward to playing the most live?
There are a lot! We wrote a lot of those songs thinking about the live show and what the crowd would do. I'd definitely say "Freak on a Leash", "Falling Away from Me", "Dead Bodies Everywhere", and "Blind" is always a great one. My favorite is probably "Freak on a Leash" just because of the dynamics. It starts all eerie and dark. Then it goes into that swing thing. The breakdown Jonathan did is one of a kind. I look forward to all that. It feels me new to me because I haven't played them in so long. It's going to be a cool experience.
It's the perfect place to join them again.
It's going to be great. I can't wait to hook up with my old friends and the old fans, and it's really cool Love and Death is opening.
Will you be there? What do you hope Korn plays?
See our review of Love and Death's Between Here & Lost here!