Brian "Head" Welch has reunited with Korn after being away for almost 8 years.
Welch left in 2005 to deal with a drug addiction before finding Christianity. Now, he's ready to get back to Korn and will rejoin the group for live dates later this year.
He said: "I played one song last May . I showed up at a festival. They had a big festival, and Korn, Evanescence and Five Finger Death Punch were playing. I wanted to go and my daughter loves those bands. So I took her, and I was just going to go hang out."
"Then I met up with Munky, who I hadn't seen in seven years, and talked with him for 30 minutes. It was really heavy. Then, 10 minutes before they went onstage, Fieldy is like, 'I'm just saying, we have a guitar set up for you.' I'm like, 'What? I just want to see you guys! All right, I'll play 'Blind.' It was just crazy, because it was really emotional. That's what set it up. Munky called me a month after that, and he said, 'Hey, if you ever want to come back, the door's open. We miss you.'"
Korn will perform their first full set with Welch on May 17th at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio. They'll spend most of June playing shows overseas.
Welch said: "I think that would be kind of cool to do somewhere, sometime. Like the very first Korn album. We're all in different places, so we're all just going to get together and talk about set lists. Obviously, all the hard-hitting, energetic classics, where people lose their mind – those will definitely be there. Because those are the funnest ones to play."
So far, Welch is happy with the feedback from Korn fans.
He said: "Everyone is broken in this world. There's so much divorce, hate and unforgiveness. For people to see this, I think it's just really uplifting. I never thought it would happen, and I'm not sure they did either. The fans just love it, because a lot of the fans back in the day were like, suicidal, and from broken homes and abuse. They looked up to us like their family. And to see their family split up was hard on them. To get it put back together, there is a joy around the people who care about it."