Brian ‘Head’ Welch and the other members of Korn were just kids when they became rock stars. And their celebrity encouraged them to make a lot of bad decisions.
We had a licence to do anything, which is very destructive.
At his lowest point, God helped him escape his addictions, but to do that, he had to leave the band.
Talking to Robbo on Vision’s The Story, Brian explained that hard drugs and alcohol weren’t what they’d signed up for. Since his Dad had bought him his first guitar, his talent had made him popular in the local scene, but to him, Korn were just a bunch of friends playing music in a garage.
Then, suddenly, they were famous. They were in LA. They could demand anything on their post-show rider, first Doritos, then beer, then whisky. Doctors would prescribe them whatever they asked for. Cops would see them doing drugs, and look the other way. “It’s kind of like you get on this roller coaster, and you can’t get off, because it’s everywhere around you, the party lifestyle.”
He tried to get off, for the first time, after his daughter Jeanne was born. Though we raise our children, he says God sends them to raise us too. “They help us become selfless, help us give our lives for another. And so that’s what she did. She came in and got my mind focused off of myself and onto her.”