Korn was joined on stage by former guitarist Brian “Head” Welch this past Saturday [May 5] at the Carolina Rebellion festival at Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Welch joined the band to perform its classic song Blind, with singer Jonathan Davis introducing him by saying, “For a long-ass time, this spot right here has been very lonely — very very lonely. I want to bring out one of my truest and oldest and most beloved friends to come out and have some fun with this. You guys ready? My boyyyyyyy!” Video and pictures can be seen here.
The performance marked the first time in seven years that Korn has played with Welch, who left the group in 2005 to become a born-again Christian.
Welch told EarplugsRequired.com the next day in a video interview which can be seen below, “It wasn’t planned [for me to go up on stage and perform with Korn]. I was just going [to Carolina Rebellion] because my daughter loves Chevelle and she likes Evanescence and everything. We found out they were playing [at the event] and P.O.D., who [Love And Death, Welch's new band is] opening for now, are friends of mine, and they were playing on that same thing, so we were like, ‘Can we go cruise with you for two days? Go see Chevelle? My daughter loves it. And I could say hi to the Korn guys?’ And then when we got there, we just hung out and nothing was talked about [me going up on stage with Korn] at all; we just hung out. And then right before Korn‘s set, they said, ‘Hey, you wanna jam with us?’ They said, ‘You wanna jam the last three songs?’ And I was, like, ‘No.’ I don’t know them good enough, as far as, like, they use different tunings and they changed the songs from the record. So there was no way I could have done it and played it right. So I got up and did ‘Blind’ and it was amazing. It was really fun. There was tears. It was a family moment.”
Both Welch and bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu have said in recent interviews that a full reunion could be possible one day.
Fans have pointed to the band’s upcoming 20th anniversary as a recording act in 2014 as one possible milestone to attach a reunion to.
Welch & Love and Death are currently out on the road supporting POD & RED.
May 09 The Chance w/ P.O.D. Poughkeepsie, NY
May 11 Ground Zero @ The Streeters Center w/ P.O.D. Traverse City, MI
May 12 Austin’s Fuel Room w/ Brian “Head” Welch Libertyville, IL
May 16 The Rave w/ P.O.D. Milwaukee, WI
May 17 The Machine Shop Concert Lounge w/ P.O.D. Flint, MI
May 18 Another Hole In The Wall w/ Icon For Hire Steger, IL
May 19 First United Methodist Church w/ Brian “Head” Welch Sikeston, MO
May 22 The Orange Peel w/ P.O.D. Asheville, NC
May 23 Cannery Ballroom w/ P.O.D. Nashville, TN
May 24 New Daisy Theatre w/ P.O.D. Memphis, TN
Jun 09 Bayside Chapel w/ Brian “Head” Welch, Barnegat, NJ
Jun 21 Ichthus, Wilmore, KY
Jun 26 The Vine Dunn, Loring, VA
Jun 28 Creation Northeast, Shirleysburg, PA
Jun 30 Invasion w/ Brian “Head” Welch Charlotte, NC Free
Jul 11 Sunnyview Fairgrounds, Oshkosh, WI
Jul 12 Sonshine Festival, Willmar, MN
Jul 21 Creation Northwest, Enumclaw, WA
Jul 28 HeavenFest w/ Brian “Head” Welch, Loveland, CO
Jul 31 Rosebud Sioux Tribe Fairgrounds, Parmelee, SD
Aug 02 Rock The Desert, Midland, TX
Aug 03 Soulfest w/ Brian “Head” Welch, Gilford, NH
Aug 11 Jesus Fest w/ Brian “Head” Welch, Clarksburg, WV
Aug 17 DownPour Christian Music Festival, Great Falls, MT
Aug 26 Abundant Life Church w/ Brian “Head” Welch, Stephens City, VA
Aug 31 Lifelight Festival, Worthing, SD
Sep 08 Rockfest, Rochester, IN
Sep 26 New Castle High School, New Castle, PA
Check out an exclusive stream of Love and Death’s ‘Chemicals’ EP here.
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04. Paralyzed (Har Megiddo Remix)
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‘Brian ‘Head’ Welch’: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From ‘Paralyzed’ Video Shoot + First 2012 Tour Dates [Sept 2011]
‘Brian “Head” Welch’ Anounce New Band ‘Love And Death’ [Feb. 2012]
‘Love And Death’ To Tour ‘US’ & ‘Brazil’ [Feb. 2012]
‘Love And Death’ Reveals Artwork For ‘Chemicals’ EP [April 2012]
‘Love And Death’ Performs New Single For First Time [Video] [April 2012]
‘Brian “Head” Welch’ Talks About Finding Christ And ‘I Am Second’ Campaign [Video] [April 2012]
‘Brian “Head” Welch’ Rejoins ‘Korn’ On Stage At ‘Carolina Rebellion’ [Video Available] [May 2012]