Brian ‘Head’ Welch Reflects On Korn Taking Mötley Crüe As An Example For Their Lifestyles
Korn lead guitarist Brian’ Head’ Welch opened up about the band members’ early years after gaining fame and success during his recent interview with Louder Sound. The musician highlighted that they couldn’t have survived if they had continued to follow Mötley Crüe icons’ lifestyles.
Mötley Crüe members have been widely known for their crazy way of life, including various drugs, alcohol, and complicated relationships. The band was on the headlines because of the scandalous situations they were involved in for a long time. In time, the band earned the infamous title of ‘the world’s most notorious band,’ reflected in their autobiographical books and biopic.
It’s not surprising that their crazy parties inspired many next-generation rock and metal bands, and the Korn guitarist unveiled that they were one of them. For years, Jonathan Davis, Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu, and Welch struggled with their alcohol and drug addictions, but they sought treatment and realized they couldn’t live like that. According to the guitarist, they were lucky to survive without losing anyone because of excessive alcohol and drug abuse, along with the diseases that they caused, as it happened in Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, and Deftones.
Moreover, Korn wanted to pay tribute to Mötley Crüe, the band that inspired them a lot by releasing a cover album, ‘Korn Kovers.’ The band was supposed to cover the band’s legendary song, ‘Shout at the Devil’ released on the album of the same name, but it remained an unrelated project. Also, it’s known that the band played the song various times in their live concerts to show their respect for the band.
In Welch’s words, he said:
“We were definitely not smart back then. We thought the Mötley Crüe story was a blueprint for life, and we followed it religiously. When you’re young and dumb, you can live like that for a time, but sooner or later, it will ruin your life. It did, it surely did, but we all got a second chance. Sometimes I think, why were we the lucky ones? Why did we survive? Because if you think about Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, and Deftones. So many bands have lost someone. I’m just grateful, so very grateful, to see my friends healthy and happy now, still doing what we love. It’s amazing.”
You can listen to the Mötley Crüe song below.