Local Stuff Lineup for 2/10/13
Cross Solder - What I've Become
7th Cycle - Beauty in My Silence
Hellbranch Run - Us Against the World
Xfactor1 - Hope for Tomorrow
8lb Pressure - Lies
Idleblack - Dichotomy
Sleepers Awake - The Fulcrum
Devil By Design - Pieces
Autumn Burning - Push and Pull
Strikken - Ashes
Act of Violence - Kill or be Killed
BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH, was born June 19, 1970, and grew up in Bakersfield, California. He found his calling at age 11, when he picked up his first guitar. Voracious practicing and a steady diet of hard rock classics filled in the ensuing years, and shortly after high school, he co-founded a metal band named KoRn. The band soon became a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum force that shot to the top tier of the rock world, and dominated the new metal movement of the late 90s. KoRn’s 1998 Follow the Leader album cemented the band as rock titans, when they debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, fighting off new releases from mainstream heavyweights Dr. Dre and Celine Dion. For his efforts with KoRn, Head received six Grammy nominations, winning two, while selling some 40 million records, worldwide.
As KoRn continued to reach new creative and commercial heights, Head found himself drowning in the excesses of rock and roll. Far from immune to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Head became addicted to crystal meth, spiraling out of control, even as he continued to sell millions of albums. He gamely, but unsuccessfully, tried to balance his career and his obligations as a single father to his daughter, Jennea. In 2005, he finally resigned from KoRn, and turned to Christianity, dedicating his life to giving his gifts to those most desperately in need. Just months after his KoRn exodus, Head traveled to India to open up his first “Head Home,” an orphanage that provides housing, food, and education to some 200 orphans in the most unreachable parts of India. His philanthropic efforts continue to give relief to those in need throughout the United States and other parts of the world.
Having achieved so much after hitting such emotionally-pulverizing lows, Head realized that an honest, no-holds-barred account of his life, before and after KoRn, could be a tremendous benefit to those struggling with substance abuse, despair, and crises of faith. To that end, he penned his 2007 autobiography, Save Me from Myself (HarperCollins). The book quickly landed on the New York Times bestseller list, inspiring him to follow it up with a second and third book, Washed by Blood (2008, HarperCollins) and Stronger: Forty Days of Metal and Spirituality (HarperCollins),
Head continues to create explosive music, pursue his wide-ranging philanthropic missions, and to strive to be the best father he can be for his beloved daughter.
1. Congratulations on the new LOVE & DEATH record, Between Here And Lost. It appears you have a very busy 2013. It was just announced that you are back with KoRn. How will you be splitting your time between the two bands?
Well, the KoRn thing is so awesome, and I didn’t see it coming. But I’m not back 100%. We are going to do some live shows in the summer. I think it’s gonna work out great. As far as the future goes, I’d say anything is possible, though. But we’re just taking everything slow.
2. What lead to you rejoining KoRn?
Again, its only some shows this summer for now, but what lead me back was love for my brothers and their love for me. You hear all the time in the music business about bands breaking up and hating each other for the rest of their lives. KoRn will NEVER be like those bands. KoRn was always more than a band to each other and our fans. We were a family. And I’m so glad to be able to reconcile with my brothers and all our fans.
3. Name the three highest points of your career.
1) Woodstock 1999.
2) MTV award.
3) LOVE & DEATH new album released last week!
4. Now that we know your high points, what are the three lowest points?
1) MEGADETH tour when the whole crowd chanted “You suck!” to KoRn.
2) Risking my freedom having my dealer send me crystal meth to Europe through the mail.
3) Supplying a couple guys from METALLICA with cocaine when they were trying to be sober, then watching one of them lose their ability to speak for a couple of hours because of the cocaine high.
5. You are known for playing very heavy, aggressive music. Recently at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, you and KoRn drummer, Ray Luzier, played with 80′s icons George Lynch, from DOKKEN, and Billy Sheehan from MR. BIG. Were you influenced by those types of bands growing up? Who were your musical influences?
I was a HUGE Lynch fan! Out of all those 80′s guitarists, Lynch was my main influence. The biggest reason was that he had such a unique style, and he still does. When you heard his solos, you could tell it was Lynch playing. I always dreamt about creating a style of guitar that was very unique, and thank God, my friend, Munky, and me achieved that dream. But for some reason, it didn’t include solos like my idol Lynch. Damn-I practiced playing solos for countless hours for nothing! (LOL)
My 80′s influences were AC/DC, IRON MAIDEN, OZZY, MOTLEY CRUE, DOKKEN, etc ., then it moved to the 90′s, with different influences like ALICE IN CHAINS, FIATH NO MORE, METALLICA, NIN, PANTERA, and Hip Hop music.
Randy Blythe has taken the time to address some misinformation that has been spreading across the internet about his manslaughter trial, which is currently underway in the Czech Republic.
The singer addressed fans on Tuesday via his Instagram account:
“I have read a few news reports of the progress of my case, and trust me- many things are incorrect. But this is the Internet, and of course things are half-baked anyway. Keep in mind that translation is difficult, and many things can be lost, for Czech is a VERY DIFFICULT language. So wait and see, as I am. It is all I can do, except be honest & fight for my freedom in my own way.
“I also have heard of some people (not on here) talking smack about the Czech Republic, saying “F— the Czech Republic”, etc. This not how it should be. This is a very sad case, not something to rage at people you do not know over. I am not angry with the Czechs at all. A fan of my band is dead- what do I have to be angry about? I am an INNOCENT man, but I am also a very sad man right now. To not be sad in this instance would be inhuman. But mad at the Czech people? Why would I be mad at them? Here, look at this picture – a mother watches her baby. The child reaches out for something new, laughing and chasing a pretty picture in the air. It is the same here as everywhere else. Do you see?!?!? Life is beautiful. I hope to see y’all soon.”
Blythe posted an earlier message where he reflected on the city of Prague and his trial. He wrote, “Have you ever looked down on the ancient rooftops of Prague from the clock tower in Old Town Square? Have you ever seen the snow falling on the people below? It is a magical sight, for Prague is a magic place. While I am not happy to be here for the reason I am, I am not a blind man, nor am I a fool. Only a blind fool would not bother to see these things. It is quiet high above the city, and it is beautiful in a different way than the many other places I have been around the world. Prague has a long, complicated history. In many ways, I feel what is happening in my life right now could not happen anywhere else. I roam through the streets, asking myself questions, and there are quiet echoes of the city answering back. I have been here over two weeks now, preparing for this trial. I have walked many miles at night here. I am looking for life lessons in the snow.”