Musician and New York Times best-selling author Brian “Head” Welch made headlines in 2005 when he abandoned heavy metal super-group Korn after a very personal spiritual encounter he had at his home in California. “With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn” — due out May 17 from Nelson Books — is the guitarist’s account of the brutal, eye-opening eight years he spent as a single dad after leaving Korn, leading up to his controversial decision to rejoin the band in 2013 and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene. Written with Carol Traver, the book is 240 pages in length, featuring 16 full-color photos from Welch‘s personal archive.
“Save Me From Myself”, Welch‘s very public and disruptive conversion not only inspired him to leave a life of unbelievable excess with the band he helped found, but also gave him the strength he needed to overcome addictions to cocaine, alcohol, pills, as well as the drug that would almost completely destroy his life: meth amphetamines. Nevertheless, his instinct for bad decisions lingered, and what followed was a near decade-long trial by fire-from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving financial ruin-this intensely inspiring redemption saga is unlike any other.