Former KORN Guitarist Says He Regrets Punching His Wife

Drew Philp of The Bakersfield Californian recently conducted an interview with former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch (Photo#1, Photo#2). A few excerpts from the chat follow:

The Bakersfield Californian: On the record, there has been some animosity between you and KORN, but in the book you say that it has all blown over. Do you have any plans to meet with them and how are the feelings between you and the rest of KORN now?

Welch: I have no plans to meet with them. I'd just like to see them one day, but the time's not right. I haven't seen them in a couple of years. The last time I spoke with them there was a little bit of weirdness and I apologized. I did and said some stupid stuff and I meant being sorry, but the bitterness is gone on my end.

The Bakersfield Californian: What would you say to them if you could talk to them right now?

Welch: I love you guys.

The Bakersfield Californian: You describe a lot of hard partying and drug use, specifically methamphetamine abuse, in [your new] book ["Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story"]. Drug use is no surprise in the hard rock world, but was the partying you did with KORN excessive even by those standards?

Welch: We went at it. It seemed that everybody did. Some bands we provoked to party, like INCUBUS. Fieldy (a former band mate) got the guitar player to drink for the first time in his life. We saw them after that and they were drinking all the time.

The Bakersfield Californian: Are you certain you will never do drugs again?

Welch: You could put me in a room with anything: pills, beer, meth, and I wouldn't touch any of it. I'm totally set free and I will never do drugs again.

The Bakersfield Californian: What was the highlight of your career?

Welch: The Woodstock ('99) show. It was just chaos. Insane. Afterwards we were all hugging, even David and Fieldy (two band members whom Welch describes as not getting along.) It was also the lowest point in my life. I got home and got in a fight with my wife (which Welch describes in detail in the book). Both the highest and lowest points in my life happened in one weekend.

The Bakersfield Californian: Do you have any regrets?

Welch: I'm not proud about everything, but I'm glad about the road I went down. I wouldn't be able to touch people like I can now. But I regret punching my wife.

The Bakersfield Californian: Your parents still live in Bakersfield. How do they feel about your career and your new book?

Welch: They're proud of me standing up for what I believe in. They started going to church and ended up getting involved with Christianity. My dad was hurt by different things (written in the book) and they didn't know what happened with all of the drugs and my girlfriend, but they got over it and they are proud. Overall they were great parents.

Read the entire interview at www.bakersfield.com.

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