Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch went through a bit of a Jesus period, if you remember, where he actually up and left the band. He's more recently come out and said that he still loves Jesus and hates religion, but there was a time where Head was all about that God life. So much so that he said that God told him that rock and metal musicians would be coming around to the idea of believing in Jesus!
One of God's first converts was Tool's Maynard James Keenan, which turned out to be a massive hoax and kind of made Head look like a jackass as Head recounts in a recent podcast episode of Allegedly.
“Maybe going around with a white gown looking like Jesus. They were like, they really did think I got brainwashed… I dunno, it’s kind of cool look back, but I dunno.”
“This is the most embarrassing thing, this is the most. Maynard from Tool went to MTV and he’s like “I just want to tell you guys that I found God and he’s changed my life…’ and they wrote an article and they emailed me and they said he like ‘hey, did you hear about Maynard? What do you think about that?’ And I was like ‘ahh yeah God told me this was going to happen to other musicians and it’s going to be awesome and I’m happy for him’ and it was just a big hoax, he was just making fun of me. That’s when I backed out of the media. It wasn’t like horrid, it was just like, ahhh, punked.”
Ouch. To be fair, Maynard has such a dry sense of humor that it's almost impossible to tell when he's joking and when he's not, though he also doesn't seem like the type of dude to wake up and just accept Jesus into his life.
On an incredibly darker note, Head also recounts the time he FedEx'ed himself meth during a really, really low period of his life.
“In Germany, 2004, in the winter and I was watching a package come from California into New York, into the UK and then somewhere else and then it landed in Germany. And it had my three 8-balls of meth in it. And I was watching it through FedEx mail online. So that was the gutter.”
“I could get arrested for stuff like that. You don’t send drugs over… I was just like I’ve got my daughter at home – I’m risking everything, everything, in my life.”
“That was the period when I was suicidal. I just hated myself. Guilt, shame and all that.”
Welch adds that the band is shooting to have its new album out late this summer, and to have a new song out toward the start of the season. In previous interviews, he's said it's the band's heaviest album in a while, so here's hoping.
Might as well end that one on a positive note, right?
[via The PRP]