Former Korn Guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch Changes Band Name

2012-02-07

Story by Anne Erickson

Brian ‘Head’ Welch: I’ve wanted to change my band name for years

Ex-Korn guitar mainstay Brian ‘Head’ Welch has announced that his Christian hard rock / metal band, which formerly went by Welch’s name, will now take on the moniker, Love & Death.

In an official statement, Welch explained his reasoning for the switcheroo. “I put this band together in 2009. Since then, we’ve experienced some very intense highs and lows,” he stated. “Michael Valentine, Dan Johnson, J.R. Bareis and myself have toured around the world playing a lot of killer shows, but we’ve also had some heart shattering difficulties along the way as well. To us, the name Love and Death symbolizes everything we’ve been through as a band over the last few years. We love this band so much and we’ll go through hell to connect with our fans. We’ve proven that to ourselves over and over again.”

Welch added that people have confused his speaking dates — in which he tours the country talking about his newfound Christian faith — and his band dates, because they were both being booked as “Brian ‘Head’ Welch.” Hence, things got complicated when booking gigs.

“I have wanted to use a band name for branding my music for a few years,” he said. “It has been an ongoing discussion with my management, but we were just starting to tour and I was in the middle of supporting my third book and it seemed like a bad time to switch names.

“Now with the new music coming out, it’s time to really separate the things I do. I want the music to be about music. I will still be doing public speaking under Brian Head Welch. I am happy that all the confusion will be over.”

Love and Death’s debut music set will arrive April 24. The first single, “Chemicals,” will be released sometime in March. For more details, visit the band’s newly-christened official website. What do you think of Welch’s snazzy new band name?

 




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