Brian Welch Explains If Korn Will Be ‘The Rolling Stones Wannabes’ Or They Will Retire At Some Point
Korn guitarist Brian Welch opened up about the future of the band during an interview with Louder Sound, and apparently, while asking himself if the band is going to be like the Rolling Stones, Welch revealed that he wants to quit when the band is at the top of its game rather than slowly being forgotten and getting old.
As many of you know, there’s a choice to make when the legendary bands experience a career that is relatively longer than others, they either announce their retirement with a final tour after performing for decades, or they decide to keep on rocking the stage as long as they can. While the first option comes in handy when the age factor starts to kick in, there are also a few bands that insist on performing regardless of their ages.
Just like the Rolling Stones who has a career that spans an impressive 59 years filled with countless accomplishments such as being one of the best-selling music artists of all time with an estimated record sales of 240 million, having three Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and being regarded as one of the greatest artists in the music history does.
After spending decades on the road, on the stage, and in the studio, the band members all of which are at the age of over 70, don’t seem to be tired of performing which makes them one of a kind in the music industry and hard to follow when it comes to longevity.
During a recent interview, Brian Welch opened up about the upcoming plans of his band, revealing a conversation with his bandmate in which he asked the guitarist Munky if they are going to retire or keep on performing just like the Rolling Stones. Apparently, the decision is for their fans to make, as long as they want to see Korn performing, the band will continue to make music.
However, Welch also revealed his personal opinion about the matter stating that he would like to retire with a final performance in a huge arena since he cannot imagine himself and his bandmates performing at the age of 80 like the Rolling Stones members.
Here is what Welch said:
“You know, I was talking to Munky the other day, like ‘Munky, how long are you planning to go man? Are we gonna be Rolling Stones wannabes, or do we wanna retire at some point and do something else?’ The truth is… we don’t know. We left it knowing it’s gotta be the fans’ decision in the end; so long as they want us, we could just keep going.
At the same time, I was sat thinking how cool it’d be to go out on arena level rather than getting bumped back down to clubs or whatever. Smaller venues are fun because of how intimate you can get, but we don’t just wanna watch the band grow old and go downhill. I’d love to go out on top, man. But again, we could probably achieve that by maybe playing more sparingly, go out, and only do special events so it’s more of an event. I don’t really see us doing full tours into our 80s, you know?”
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