Brian “Head” Welch

Brian Welch grew up in Bakersfield, California in the ’70s and 80s, an Ozzy Osborne fan who took up the guitar at age 10.

Brian “Head” Welch with Bill’s daughter Krissie

Somewhere along the way, as he tells it, “guys said his head looked like it was too big for his body, and so they started calling him ‘Head.'”

Head co-founded the legendary band Korn. And in 2004, he was ranked 26th on Guitar World’s list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.

But his life would take some seriously sharp turns, before I met him in the summer of 2007:

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