Brian Welch Recalls Munky Accusing Him Of Begging To Return To Korn
Korn guitarist Brian Welch recently spoke to the band’s assistant Scott Sheppard for a video series on his YouTube channel and remembered when Munky accused him of pleading to rejoin Korn.
On February 22, 2005, Korn announced that Brian Welch had decided to leave Korn after around 12 years because the guitarist had chosen Jesus Christ as his savior and decided to dedicate his musical efforts to him. At that time, Welch was battling severe addiction, and becoming a born-again Christian helped him achieve sobriety.
After he departed from Korn, Welch had several issues with James ‘Munky’ Shaffer. Although Jonathan Davis expressed his interest in playing with the guitarist on their forthcoming album in 2008, Munky alleged in 2009 that the band denied Welch’s request to rejoin the band. According to Munky, it wasn’t the right time for Korn.
However, Welch denied those claims in a now-inaccessible MySpace post and stated it was Korn’s managers who tried to approach him, but they had failed to pay him his royalties since his departure. For the first time in seven years, the guitarist got in touch with Korn at the Carolina Rebellion on May 5, 2012, and officially rejoined the band on May 2, 2013.
In a recent episode of Welch’s YouTube video series ‘All In The Family,’ Korn’s assistant Scott Sheppard recalled bringing Welch and Munky together at the Carolina Rebellion festival. He stated that Munky agreed to say hi to Welch if Sheppard made him come over to their bus. Although the assistant expected some fighting, this quick chat went pretty well.
After that, the Head reminded the viewers that Munky had accused him of begging to return to Korn. According to the guitarist, this wasn’t the case because he had no intention of returning. Moreover, Welch stated that Munky realized what he said was wrong after talking to him and seeing him with his daughter Jennea.
During the conversation, Scott Sheppard said the following:
“In 2012, Korn was playing at the Carolina Rebellion festival, and Head was there just visiting some friends. He jumped on stage with one of the other bands to play a song. I was working for Munky at that time, and he was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to see him. Maybe if he comes over, I’ll say hi.’ Neither of them wanted to be the one to go. I was like, ‘I think you should just talk to him.’ And then Munky eventually said, ‘All right, well, if you go get him to come over the bus, I’ll say hi and talk to him.'”
When Sheppard told him he was expecting a fight, Brian Welch said:
“[Munky] had said something like I was begging to come back to Korn with Fieldy before, and it wasn’t that. So, I think there was a little bit of an issue with that because I was not trying to come back. But anyway, we talked, and he saw me and my daughter Jennea with me. He was like, ‘Wow, this is clicking about why everything had to happen.'”
You can watch the rest of the conversation below.