Please explain what just happened.

I just caught some kind of sickness and had to play a concert. My voice kind of went out halfway through the show. After the show, I arrived at Houston airport at 1 a.m. My flight is at 7a.m. Good times…

What is your earliest memory?

Throwing up through my fingers in Sunday school class with my hands over my mouth, trying to stop the vomit. My efforts were unsuccessful.

 

If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?

Speaking.

Describe a typical workday.

Go to bed in a tour bus at 4 or 5 a.m, wake up at 10:30 a.m. and go to a hotel and sleep for another few hours, then get up around 5 p.m., eat dinner, play a show, hang out with my fans who are my family, clean up and do it again the next day.

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

I’ve lied many times, so I guess so. Father, forgive me.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

“Self… don’t leave Jesus with that one prayer you prayed. Talk to Him more and build a relationship with Him. And for God’s sake, put down that joint! It will only lead to millions of beers, hundreds of pills and thousands of lines!”

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Friday, by Rebecca Black.

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Twitter

Bible Gateway

Rebecca Black’s website

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

The Spirit of Jesus.

Name three books that have impacted your life.

Lassie

The Bible

Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

When God’s love poured into my heart and I was able to give up the pleasure of partying for the pleasures of Divine Love.

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I have no idea.

What makes you feel most guilty?

Eating unhealthy.

How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I use some of their musical ideas in my own music. Not stealing — borrowing.

Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your new book, Stronger.

Stronger is my most recent book that came out last December. It’s broken up into 40 days with 40 very personal stories. The book deals with overcoming a lot of pain. It’s very deep, but it’s also lighthearted in spots. It’s a very real and raw book. In Stronger, I share some stories from my old days in Korn, as well as things going on in my life nowadays.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Die now instead of when you die.

List your favorite in the following categories:

Comedian: Ben Stiller.

Musician: Misty Edwards.

Author: God.

Actor: Bailee Madison.

If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

A new album, with high budget videos for every song, played in thousands of theaters around the world and on every video music channel.

What do you want to know?

What all angels are doing at all times.

What would you like your last words to be?

“It’s about time it’s over — yay!”

Please explain what will happen.

I will put my Mac away, go to my gate, eat unhealthy and then feel guilty.

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BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH, was born June 19, 1970 and grew up in Bakersfield, California. He found his calling at age eleven when he picked up his first guitar. Voracious practicing and a steady diet of hard rock classics filled in the ensuing years, and shortly after high school, he co-founded a metal band named Korn. The band soon became a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum force that shot to the top tier of the rock world and dominated the new metal movement of the late Nineties. Korn’s 1998 Follow the Leader album cemented the band as rock titans when they debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, fighting off new releases from mainstream heavyweights Dr. Dre and Celine Dion. For his efforts with Korn, Head received six Grammy nominations, winning two, while selling some 40 million records worldwide.

As Korn continued to reach new creative and commercial heights, Head found himself drowning in the excesses of rock and roll. Far from immune to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Head became addicted to crystal meth, spiraling out of control even as he continued to sell millions of albums. He gamely but unsuccessfully tried to balance his career and his obligations as a single father to his daughter Jennea. In 2005, he finally resigned from Korn and turned to Christianity, dedicating his life to giving his gifts to those most desperately in need. Just months after his Korn exodus, Head traveled to India to open up his first “Head Home,” an orphanage that provides housing, food, and education to some 200 orphans in the most unreachable parts of India. His philanthropic efforts continue to give relief to those in need throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

Though no longer a part of Korn, Head was not retired from music and began work on his solo debut. The final product, Save Me from Myself, put the music world on notice that he was very much alive and that his music was as potent as ever. He continues to record and release vital music that attracts fans of hard rock, Christian rock, and the legions of Korn devotees that continue to support his career.

Having achieved so much after hitting such emotionally-pulverizing lows, Head realized that an honest, no-holds-barred account of his life before and after Korn could be a tremendous benefit to those struggling with substance abuse, despair, and crises of faith. To that end, he penned his 2007 autobiography, Save Me from Myself (HarperCollins). The book quickly landed on the New York Times bestseller list, inspiring him to follow it up with a second book, Washed by Blood (2008, HarperCollins).

In December, 2010, Head released Stronger: Forty Days of Metal and Spirituality by HarperCollins, a forty-day devotional of selected scriptures that have given him strength during his greatest challenges. Head speaks candidly about his continued bouts of depression and his struggles with darker impulses as he comes to terms with his faith-based life, finding guidance and inspiration in the scriptural passages in the book. Stronger uses both Old and New Testament wisdom to outline practical applications to virtually every situation and decision he faces in life.

Head continues to create explosive music, pursue his wide-ranging philanthropic missions and to strive to be the best father he can be for his beloved daughter.

3 responses to “21 Questions with Brian “Head” Welch”

  1. Gloria says:

    Very interesting interview. Whoa, man. You’ve had quite a journey. Glad to see that you’ve emerged safely on the other side.

    Cheers.

  2. Joe Daly says:

    Dave Mustaine says that after 17 unsuccessful rehab attempts to manage his drug and alcohol addictions he has found a solution in religion (Christianity), that allows him to drink again, although he refers to himself as sober.

    Would be interested to hear your thoughts on that and whether your experience has been similar.

    Thanks!

  3. Aimee N Keever says:

    For Brian tho I’m sure he’s too busy to see it…I would like to share with others….Just sending a little message because you are amazing…I saw and felt God when I was seven…I have never heard anyone talk about how powerful Jesus love feels since then…1979…I told a girl I had met the story of when I saw Him and she said she believed me because you talked about feeling it too! When I heard you explain that feeling… So powerful that you can’t explain it… Love through you and all around you… Nothing but love…I cried and cried for days…. You are the first person I’ve ever heard talk about it! It wasn’t that I didn’t believe it happened to me…I know what happened to me…I never had to doubt Jesus… Ever…I just am so glad that he has blessed others with that magnificent feeling! And bless you for spreading the word!!! I don’t think anyone has ever believed me about what happened to me… Except that girl who told me about you! I did feel it again for a split second when I was in my twenties and I wanted to drop to my knees… So wonderful… But it was gone so fast I hadn’t moved!!! Just wanted to say how happy I was to hear your experience!!! Bless you ! You have been blessed with Jesus love and that is very special and apparently very rare!✝️✝️✝️

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