By: Gary Graff
Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has been open about the fact that substance abuse led him to leave Korn in 2005 and that he found a much cleaner and more focused band upon his return last year to make the new album "The Paradigm Shift."
But Head tells us that while the drugs and alcohol are largely gone, Korn has not exactly calmed down:
"We're not these boring, old, like, you go to a 12-step program and, 'now, 'Hi, I'm this guy and I'm an alcoholic. I'm a drug addict.' We're still crazy. We still like to throw down with our music, and we still are just funny, like, crazy, goofy dudes. We didn't calm down that way. It's the destructive part we stopped."
In fact, Head adds, the quintet has an even healthier perspective on what it's doing as a band because of that:
"It seems like we've been given another chance to live and breathe and, like, really appreciate and be so thankful for what we get to do. And we feel like we can deliver to the rock world what people are waiting to hear from Korn, finally, and so that put that fire in us. And we're so pumped about this record, and the songs live are just blowing up. Yeah, it's a totally new fire."
Korn has just started its tour to support "The Paradigm Shift," which comes out October 8; it's Head's first album with Korn since 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror."
Head is also opening the tour dates with his own band, Love and Death.
Korn is on the road in North America through late November, including its Family Values Festival on October 5 in Broomfield, Colo., and a November run with Rob Zombie. The group will also be inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk on October 8 and will be part of the Soundwave Festival tour in Australia during February.
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