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Former Korn Guitarist Talks About Meth Addiction

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Launch Radio Networks reports: Former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has come clean about his past drug abuse in his new memoir, "Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story". Welch told Launch that he was in especially bad shape the last two years before he left KORN in early 2005. "2003 is when I started using speed every day," he said. "Meth. I got hooked on meth and in order to get up and function, even play the show, I had to snort lines, you know. And I told myself, 'I'll do this tour, I'll do this Ozzfest, and I'll do meth the whole time and I'll go home and check into a rehab.'And it scared me, you know, 'cause I was like coming — every month I would tell myself, 'I'm gonna stop this tour,'and I wouldn't be able to do it. Like a fear would come over me. I was just trapped."

Welch's book chronicles his life, his career with KORN and his recent embrace of Christianity.

The guitarist told the Bakersfield Californian last week that his biggest regret about his time with the band was "punching my wife."

Welch intends to release his first solo album later this year.

KORN will issue its untitled eighth studio effort at the end of this month.

Welch's current replacement in KORN, touring guitarist Clint Lowery, was arrested on Thursday (July 5) at the Hodokvas Festival in Piestany, Slovakia after a "wild, drunken night" at the event, which ended with the guitarist trashing his room. Lowery was released the following afternoon from police custody after apologizing and paying for the damages.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Jomama writes:

I loved Korn in the 90's when they first came out. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that Head kicked drugs, but I think it's too soon for him to be putting out books about being saved. It's a personal choice he made to leave Korn. I think he's putting the blame on being in a band instead of acknowledging his personal demons, child hood issues, etc. I'm annoyed at this guy. Anybody else?

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 8:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Red_Chord writes:

I don't see it that way jomama. I see it that he chose to take these drugs and that's the life he chose in that band. But listening to interviews he did, he blames himself for this and deeply regrets chosing that path, but ultimately he got out...read the book and maybe you will find out that he puts the blame on him...but the book might also prove that you are right...

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 10:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Stephen writes:

The a$$hole knew the book wouldn't sell unless he put Korn's name in the title. And by the way Head...

YOU JUST TRADED ONE CRUTCH FOR ANOTHER.

I'd rather overdose on meth than be a slave to Pat Robertson.

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 12:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Red_Chord writes:

I think it's better to be alive than dead you know. But to each his own

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 5:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. JEFF DUDE. writes:

YEAH I READ THE ARTICLE IN REVOLVER MAGAZINE, IT WAS UH.......... PRETTY BAD IN FACT I REMEMBER SEEING HEAD ONSTAGE DURING WOODSTOCK BACK IN THE NINETIES AND SAYING DUDE HE LOOKS FUCIKED UP ON COKE!!! AND HE WAS HAHAHAH!!!!!!! GOOD FOR HIM THOUGH NOW HE CAN SIT BACK AND HAVE HIS MEMORIES. NICE HEAD, NICE.

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 6:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

so what...old news....i was a meth addict...i quit cold turkey....whats the big deal about this moron?....

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 7:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. JEFF DUDE. writes:

UH, HE WAS IN THE MOST POPULAR BAND BETWEEN 94-98, EVERY ONE LIKED KORN.

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 8:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, jeff dude...considering this about the 5th or 6th time this kind of article has been posted about this guy and his meth addiction...and now his life of god.....ITS OLD NEWS, AND WHAT THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THIS MORON....???....

korn's 1st cd kiked a$$, but every cd after that sucked a$$.....

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 9:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. New Found Power writes:

Korn hahaha never liked them, never liked nu-metal at all. Thought it was gay and it just didn't sound right. I don't ever regret that choice of not listenin to that sh**.

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. JEFF DUDE. writes:

TELL THAT TO THE REST OF THE 8 BILLION KORN FANS AROUND THE WORLD. ALOT OF PEOPLE DID THOUGH EVERYONE TALKED ABOUT THEM SAYING THEY WERE AWESOME!!

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 11:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Terminator writes:

^--well there are also that many nsync fans too. popularity numbers dont mean sh** for personal taste

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 11:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Diamond Oz writes:

8 billion? You haven't really thought that number through have you?

# Jul 12, 2007 @ 6:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brandedcfh420 writes:

its ok jeff dude.....not everyone likes "korn" flakes.....yes, they were extremely popular back in the 1990s or 20th century......now, wuhahahahahahaha......the "korn" flake box is empty.....guess you will just have to be spoonfed some cheerios or fruit loops...

# Jul 12, 2007 @ 8:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. n writes:

well korn is better than listening to 99% of your music which has been sung by the cookie monster

# Jul 13, 2007 @ 4:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brandedcfh420 writes:

yo n.....i hate sesame street..i prefer the muppets....but korn lost their greatness when they tried to be so gangsta......fukin trendy lil punk a$$ b1tches....

# Jul 13, 2007 @ 8:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. n writes:

well i guess since soulfly and even sepultura did songs with rapppers ...i guess THEY are also trying to be gangsta? right?.......HAH

# Jul 15, 2007 @ 2:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Diamond Oz writes:

Brandedchf420..... the muppets f***ing rule!

# Jul 15, 2007 @ 8:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. brandedcfh420 writes:

i was refering to the eay "korn flakes" changed their image to try to get through to the dumb a$$ white wigger kids...fieldy being all crip lookin....what jokes....collaborating with rappers doesnt make them gangsta wannabes...lookin the look of gangsta wannabes does.....

and the muppets will forever be the kings of that style of entertaiment....but i have to give a nod to "fraggle rock" as well....

# Jul 15, 2007 @ 12:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Diamond Oz writes:

"This is where the pilgrims landed at Fraggle rock!"

And if anyone's wondering why the muppets are being discussed, check out Ozzy Osbourne and Ms. Piggy doing born to be wild!

# Jul 15, 2007 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. JEFF DUDE writes:

YEAH THEY KIND OF GOT A LITTLE WANKSTA LIKE, BUT THEY CAN STILL MAKE GOOD MUSIC I ONLY LIKED THE FIRST CD AND LIFE IS PEACHY MYSELF AND THE REST WAS KIND OF YEAH A LITTLE WIGGA LIKE BUT IT WAS NT BAD, I DONT LIKE MUCH NU-METAL ANYWAY BUT KORN WAS COOL MAN, I GREW UP ON KORN YEAH I ATE KORN FLAKES!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

# Jul 15, 2007 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. n writes:

so basically your sayin they have to wear pantera shirts....all black...etc..so your telling me they have to fall under the sterotype of a "metal head" to be accepted? thats rediculous

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. JEFF DUDE writes:

THERE NU=METAL, THEY HAVE THERE OWN STYLE.

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. DWA writes:

It's so weird... I just had a listen to "Life is Peachy" (btw, it still sucks as much as it ever did!), on the album booklet you've got Head thanking Korn for "saving me from Bako"... and now it's "oh, god saved me from Korn".. it's weird with these star "characters"... always looking for something/someone to blame about everything instead of taking the responsability yourself on your actions. So, now it's "oh, poor little me" and "Praise the lord". Just f*** off Brian.

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 1:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. JEFF DUDE writes:

TO EACH HIS OWN, IF HES A CHRISTIAN OR WHATEVER GOOD FOR HIM, I HOPE IT WORKS FOR HIM, PEOPLE CHANGE WITH TIME, HEAD IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY WHO HAVE GONE THAT ROUTE. GOOD LUCK TO HIM AND WHATEVER HE DECIDES IS BEST FOR HIM AT LEAST HE'S CARING FOR HIS DAUGHTER AND CLEANING UP HIS ACT, HE'S A GOOD GUY.

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 3:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. brandedcfh420 writes:

no they dont have to wear all blk or pantera shirts....but i was refering to the gimmick style changes they made, and they went gangsta to try to reach a new crowd....reach them with your music not your clothes...if the music is felt in their hearts they will be fans..if they dont feel it, then they dont feel it...but its the music you have to sell, not your clothing style changes......

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 5:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Kaptin save a ho writes:

Leave Brian alone now, he's a saved man. At least when this world end, he'll be one of those who will go to heaven and will not be running from the devil like you all.

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 7:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. JEFF DUDE. writes:

HAHAHAHAHA OK PRIEST KAPTIN SAVE A HO YEAH U RE A SAVIOUR, AND A ANGEL URSELF................................NOT!!!!!

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. SlugEmperor writes:

wow do you guys take small things way to far, so what if he wants to write a book, and kaptin save a ho was probably written by jeff dude just so he could try to make himself look better, this is all very silly. I bet his meth story is a little bit more interesting than most of the other rockers out there because his actually changed, and because he's just a weird guy in general.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 12:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. JEFF DUDE. writes:

SLUG EMPEROR IS CURSED FOR LIFE.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Kaptin save a ho writes:

I am an ANGEL Jeff Dude and if you and SlugEmperor want to be saved, REPENT and except Jesus before it's too late. Brian saw the light.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 11:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Diamond Oz writes:

You're a twat.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. JEFF DUDE. writes:

I DO EXCEPT JESUS HE DOES MY LAWN EVERYDAY, HES MY MEXICAN GARDENER NOT MUCH LIGHT TO SEE EXCEPT WHEN HE BENDS OVER.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 12:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Kaptin save a ho writes:

Jeff Dude...you'll be sorry!!!!!!!

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. mist writes:

Poney up aholes cus KoRn Rules \m/......\m/ NUF SAID!!!!!!!!!!!

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 5:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. JEFF DUDE. writes:

UH YEAH, I DONT ANYTHING ON RELIGION ANYWAY IF I WANTED TO BE SAVED I WOULD GO TO WWW.JESUS.COM SORRY MAN, MAY BEE IT WORKED FOR HEAD BUT I M NOT A RELIGOUS PERSON I WASNT RAISED RELIGIOUS PLUS MY FAM WAS CATHOLIC SO, I VE HAD MY SHARE OF BEING CONDEMED AND SHOUTED AT TO REPENT. THANKS ANYWAY.

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 8:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. brandedcfh420 writes:

once again, thanks to Kaptain sav a ho, we see that some people dont know how to use the english language!!! learn to use proper grammar before you decide to call yourself a divine spirit...dumba$$....instead of "except" you need to say "accept"....THE WAY YOU PUT IT MEANS EVERYTHING "EXCEPT" JESUS...............

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 9:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Kaptin save a ho writes:

Uh yeah, right Jeff Dude, I guess praying to wooden statues of Jesus is the way to go, and to to brandedcfh420, I GOT MY POINT ACROSS.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 12:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Stephen writes:

Since when do people use metalunderground to pimp Jesus? It seems out of place. Not to mention the whole idea of that religion is nonsensical and spiritually unnecessary.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 2:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Kaptin save a ho writes:

You are indeed correct Stephen...let get to what really matters. KORN

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Kaptin save a ho writes:

Simmer down now brandedcfh before you blow a gasket. Now dude, lets get back to the main topic. KORN need I say more..............

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 5:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. brandedcfh420 writes:

yo kaptain nappy headed ho.....i dont want to simmer down....and korn still sucks.....!!!!

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 5:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. JEFF DUDE. writes:

JESUS SAVES I THINK? WHAT ABOUT BUDDHA HE LOOKS LIKE A ROCKIN DUDE.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 7:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Kaptin save a ho writes:

Brandedcfh the only thing nappy is what between your legs.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 7:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. brandedcfh420 writes:

yea, your moms face.....!

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 9:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Diamond Oz writes:

Oooh burned!

# Jul 20, 2007 @ 4:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. n1nt3nd0 writes:

[laughs]

Sorry, but I think the whole God/Jesus concept is just blind faith.
I'm a proud Pagan, at least I know that nature is real.

Oh well, to each their own.

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 12:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. RememberMetal? writes:

Christ Oz, this like is watching someone pick legs off a fly, have mercy....You had me laughing with your response on post 12.

It's a little hard for me to believe that when Korn came out when I was only 14. The fact that they still exist is absolutely stunning to me.

They've never been that great but there was some real energy and I believe even honesty in their first two records. Davis screams from the gut on those albums even if his lyrics are infact horse dung.

Now the fans are just being lied to by a disintegrating 3 piece who force the machine to print more money.

Rather than pick on the fans I feel sorry for them.

Now Playing: Moonspell - "In Memoriam"

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 3:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. KoRn4Life writes:

kaptin save a ho, you can't be serious. there never was a jesus christ who did miracles or was resurrected or any sh** like that. there is no proof whatsoever....there4, not a fact. if it is not a fact, (but we can all agree it is a "story"), then it is a myth. whoop dee f***in doo! let's all be christians now and pray to some invisible god to help us in our last 5 god damn minutes of life b4 we die.
christianity lives off of fear of death and suffering, but catholic priests still have the nuts to go rape children. Explain that Mister Holier Than Thou. And HEAD, congrats for getting off of speed but for Christ's sake (no pun intended), grow some balls and take responsibility....korn rules b****z

# Aug 8, 2007 @ 11:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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