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Bakersfield's Brian 'Head' Welch discusses Korn and the band's experience during quarantine

Posted at 7:09 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 11:13:33-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — There are quite a few celebrities that are Bakersfield born and raised, and some of the most accomplished are the members of Korn. They were rising back up the charts again early this year, but had to cancel their entire summer tour when COVID-19 hit. We caught up with founding member, Brian 'Head' Welch, about what the band has been up to during quarantine.

"You know what's crazy, me and my band Korn had a tour for 6 weeks right before COVID. So, I got home March 7 from that tour and then they shut everything down, and I have a new house that I moved one bedroom in before the tour so I had boxes. So, I'm like ok this sucks for the U.S. and the world but I'm going to make the best of it and it was perfect timing for me," Welch said.

Korn recently released a cover of 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' by the Charlie Daniels Band. Welch said all the proceeds help a charity near and dear to his heart.

"Every bit of money that comes in for that song goes to a charity, a school my daughter went to and got healed up at by attending the last year, it's called Awakening Youth and they help hundreds of kids, but they want to help thousands so we wanted to give the proceeds to them."

When asked if it was his idea to donate the profits to that specific organization, Welch said it was actually their lead singer, Jonathon Davis's idea.

"It was his idea. It just shows his heart. He knew the problems they were facing because private pay, with parents, and it's not always easy so she was getting calls from people who just can't afford it."

Welch said they're hoping to transfer all of their canceled 2020 tour dates to 2021.

"A lot of us have people in our family that are at risk, so it's just, we have to be safe and healthy. We're talking every couple weeks about what we're going to do. But we're hoping to just transfer all of the dates we did this year that got canceled to next year, God willing we can play concerts in big venues next year."