This Day In Music 19.06.2016
KORN's Brian 'Head' Welch, 46 today!
Brian Welch was born June 19, 1970 in Torrance, Calfornia, US. and grew up in Bakersfield, CA. He began playing guitar at the age of 11. He was a founding member of the alternative metal band Korn. Along with fellow Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, Welch helped develop Korn's distinctive sound, that defined the nu metal aesthetic beginning in the mid-'90s.
“Head”, this is Welch's stage name, made with the Korn the albums 'Korn' (1994), 'Life Is Peachy' (1996), 'Follow the Leader' (1998), 'Issues' (1999), 'Untouchables' (2002), and 'Take a Look in the Mirror' (2003). All were platinum or multi-platinum sellers.
In addition to playing guitar and singing, he wrote songs for Korn and Issues. In February 2005, he resigned from the band after becoming a Christian. Overcoming substance abuse problems, he devoted himself to charity and to raising his daughter as a single father. His autobiography, 'Save Me from Myself', was published in July 2007 and became a best-seller. A second book, 'Washed by Blood' appeared on June 2008. Welch's debut solo album, also called 'Save Me from Myself', was released on his Driven Music Group label on September 9, 2008.
In February 2012, Welch announced that he was re-branding his music under the name Love and Death, effectively forming a band under that name.
Head and Munky were ranked at No. 26 of Guitar World's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.