Korn co-founder and guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch was recently interviewed by the YouTube channel of Truth Seekah at the end of March, and he recalled the days he was hating Red Hot Chili Peppers when he was a teenager.
As you may already know the history of the Korn, the band was co-founded by Munky, Reginald Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, and Brian Welch himself. Right after the band he founded named L.A.P.D. was disbanded when he was just 18 years old, Brian formed yet another band named Korn, and they released their self-titled album in 1994.
In his latest interview, Welch talked about the earlier days of his career and his thoughts on Red Hot Chilli Peppers when he was much younger. As a Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne fan, Head admitted that he hated RHCP when the first time he listened to them and also revealed what changed his mind later.
Here is what he said:
“I was taking shots every day at Anthony Kiedis and the Chili Peppers when I was 18. I was coming out of Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Yngwie Malmsteen, Motley Crue, and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to hear some guy *imitates RHCP.*
I’m like, ‘There’s no talent, anybody can do that!‘ That’s what I thought, and then ‘Mother’s Milk’ came out [in 1989], and I just was like, the musicianship, I mean, obviously, I wasn’t talking smack about it.”
“The early Chili Peppers bass was killer and everything, I just loved my ’80s. And Anthony [Kiedis, vocals] was just, he was just going in a different direction, and then I caught it, and I’m like, ‘Dude…’ Then I fell in love with it.
I really love ‘Faith No More’ because they went darker, they went more minor music, and Chili Peppers was more funk, and then the whole world grabbed on to that stuff, and I’m happy to say that before those two bands exploded, I came around.
So I was a little early to the party when we think about the whole world and then exploding to that level, but yeah, I was like anti-all-that.”
You can watch the interview right below.
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