Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has been forced to miss some of the shows on the band’s current Russian tour after being diagnosed with kidney stones. Welch wrote at his Facebook page on Monday night (May 19th), “I’m in hospital for a few days. So sorry, Russia, I can’t be at a few shows. I have kidney stone. Thank you SO MUCH for your understanding, well wishes, prayers and love. I am very touched by your hearts in my situation.”
Welch told us that he’s enjoyed Korn’s busy road schedule since rejoining the band last year: [“Everything’s like new, new, new for me, you know. This year, it’s like, what a step up from last year. You know, we didn’t have nothing really booked tour-wise last year except our headlining stuff, so this year is like total turnaround. It’s like, Soundwave, Mayhem, Europe, Russia — like it’s just on a way bigger level this year. It’s fun.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . year. It’s fun.)
- 19-year-old J.R. Bareis, who plays guitar for Welch’s Love And Death project and acts as his guitar tech, filled in for Welch at Korn’s May 19th gig in Krasnoyarsk.
- Korn has six shows remaining on the Russian trek, although it’s not clear how many of them Welch will miss.
- In other news, Welch told Fanpass what it’s like to tour with Korn again nine years after leaving the band, getting sober and becoming a born again Christian. He explained, “I like to get high on something, and when I asked the Lord to come and make his home inside of me, the spiritual high, it’s so real. And I hate religion — I don’t talk about religion at all — but the relationship through Christ is what I found. And I’m totally satisfied . . . it’s the best high ever.”
- Welch pursued a solo career for several years before rejoining Korn onstage in 2012 at a festival. He reunited with the group permanently last year and recorded his first album with them in 10 years, The Paradigm Shift.
- Korn will appear at Rockfest in Kansas City on May 31st and will co-headline this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour with Avenged Sevenfold, beginning on July 19th in Noblesville, Indiana.