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Ex-Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch told Artist Direct in a new interview that he is "really excited" about reuniting with his former group for four shows this spring and summer. After being initially announced to join them at two German festivals, Welch has now also signed on for a U.K. concert and an appearance at Columbus, Ohio's Rock On The Range extravaganza in May. Welch played one song with the band last May at the Carolina Rebellion festival, marking his first time onstage with them in eight years.
Welch said, "It's a bit surreal because I didn't expect it to happen. We have no hate for each other like some of these other bands that haven't talked in years. People grew. Everyone went to different places in life . . . It was so long that I didn't see it happening, but then when it crept up on me last May during Carolina Rebellion, I saw the emotion. Nothing else mattered except reconciliation, brotherly love, and that family feel with the guys and the fans. People were in tears. I thought, 'This is a really good thing.'"
He added, "When they hit me up about the shows this year, to me, it was time. This is the proper time. The reason I felt like it would never happen because it wasn't the proper time yet. As soon as the day hit when I felt it was right, it felt so good. I'm really excited about this year with them."
Welch left Korn in 2005 to become a born-again Christian and look after his daughter. The band did not replace him, continuing instead as a four-piece.
In addition to playing full sets with the band at all four shows, Welch will work a double shift at Rock On The Range since his own act, Love And Death, is also on the bill.
Korn has been touring for much of the past year behind its 10th studio album, The Path Of Totality, but has also begun work on a new set of material.