Brian Head Recalls The Time He Was About To Leave Music Right Before He Joined Korn


Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch talked about the foundation of the band and revealed that he almost quit the music industry during a recent appearance on The NFR Podcast.

In the conversation, Brian talked about the time when he was the roadie of the L.A.P.D. band that features the Korn members James Shaffer, Munky, and Fieldy and said that they were interested in listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers.

During this period, Brian revealed that he started to packaging things and asked his dad if he could come home over again to figure something about his life and future.

However, just before he went back home, they asked him to stay in the band and play as a second guitarist. Afterward, they met with Jonathan Davis and that’s how the Korn born according to Brian.

Here is what Brian Welch said:

“I don’t know if you know this, but the guys were in another band called L.A.P.D., and it was James – Munky – Fieldy on bass obviously, and David [Silveria, drums], I was there, I was their roadie.

I wouldn’t say guitar tech because back then you just tune up and plug-in, but dude, it’s crazy because I influenced Fieldy to play bass, Munk to play electric guitar when we were kids.

But they just got into the Chili Peppers and Faith No More, and I did not like that music. I was a metalhead, and so I just kind of, my girlfriend broke up with me at one point, I ended up moving in with them because they moved about six months before that to L.A.”

He continued:

“And I just kind of was their roadie, I carried their gear for them and hung out, we’re just like all great friends, and it was towards the end of that band where David, it might’ve been David’s idea to have two guitar players, and they asked me to join, and we have all this history.

I was actually, literally, I had my things put in boxes and I had asked my dad if I could come back home and work at Chevron and go to like a community college and try to figure out something to do with my life. I cut my hair.

I was in bands with them before 18. When they turned 18, they moved to L.A., so from 18 to 23, I was in no bands. I had no confidence, it was really crazy, and I just loved my friends for asking me to come into the band because I came alive, it’s like I was a dead man walking.”

Brian Welch added:

“When I joined the band with them, I came alive and then we played one show with the former singer, and then me and James went to Bakersfield to visit our families during the holiday or something, we ended up at a bar and saw Jonathan [Davis] playing with his former band.

And we just got in contact with him and said, ‘We have management in L.A., we have a producer, and we have things cooking. Why don’t you come down and check out our music? And that’s when Korn was born. He came down and just fell in love with the heavy seven-string tunage, and that was it.

I was literally like a week-and-a-half away from moving to my parents’ house. I cut my hair and everything, I had things packed in boxes when they asked me to join the band, I mean, that’s where my life was, and I’m very thankful for that, a lot of opportunities that gave me in life.”

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