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February 24, 2005


Korn's guitarist quit the band due to moral objections to their music (HT: What Attitude Problem?).

Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member of Korn, has left the band and has rededicated his life to Christianity, according to the group's management.
In 2000, Korn toured Europe with Christian band, Payable on Death (P.O.D.). Former P.O.D. guitarist, Marcos, used to attend my church (as did other members of the band on occassion) and I recall him saying shortly after the tour with Korn that, while they never really connected with any of the band members, a couple of Korn's crew gave their lives to Christ while on the road through their ministry.

Some plant, some water, some reap, but all do God's work. You may not see immediate fruit from your ministry, but that doesn't mean your work for Him is in vain.

SIDE NOTE: In 1995, before I was saved, I attended a concert headlined by a band called Sublime, with No Doubt. This was before either band had made MTV, although Date Rape (Sublime Song) made it to KROQ. The opening act was P.O.D. When I got to the show, buses were all over the parking lot with chruch names. I was so confused.

P.O.D. was loud and very annoying, but there were about 500 "kids" moshing and crowd surfing and stuff with all these youth pastor types hanging out around the crowd (and a few mixed in with the fun). I was standing in the back next to Gwen Stefani of No Doubt who had the same expression on her face as I did: What is this?

When P.O.D. finished their set, the place cleared out, leaving only a couple hundred for the "headliners." That was my first encounter with P.O.D. Class guys who love the Lord.

ANOTHER SIDE NOTE: I was snowboarding in Aspen Colorado in 1994 and No Doubt and Submile were playing at a club. I wasn't 21, so I couldn't get in, but I stumbled across Bradley having a Rum and Coke at one of the open bars on the slopes. I stopped, he got me a drink, and we chatted for quite a while. He was pretty drunk. I noticed him playing with his hand. I asked him what he was doing and he looked up with a fiendish kind of smile and said, "A new vein!" I knew then that he was going to die. Two years later, Bradley Knowell died of a heroin overdose. My uncle died of a heroin OD only a few years before.

Brian Welch of Korn is making a good decision leaving Korn. The industry is near impossible to navigate as a Christian without being surrounded by others for accountability.

Posted by Rick at February 24, 2005 10:01 AM

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I'm glad that a band like POD can still manage to witness even though they have gained popular fame now. It's a great day when a guy from a band as perverted and popular as Korn leaves because he is rededicating his life to Christ. Maybe he can start an influential band of his own.

Posted by: Ryan Scott at February 24, 2005 01:33 PM

That is so awesome! I used to listen to KORN when I was in a rebellious time in my life. I am glad to see my heart isn't the only one God has won over.

Posted by: amber lynn at February 24, 2005 09:14 PM

As amazing as Bradley's talents were, I'll never understand why he couldn't be saved. There will never be another band like Sublime.
If you don't mind, could you tell us more about the interaction you had with him?

Posted by: mike at August 3, 2005 01:11 AM