malady (ex_malady820) wrote in fem_metalheads,

Rocker dips into a new life

Former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch was baptized Saturday in the Jordan River, just weeks after quitting his band, drug habits and rock 'n' roll lifestyle for religion. Welch, a founding member of the multi-platinum band, and about 20 other white-robed Christian pilgrims from a Bakersfield, Calif., church were immersed by their pastor, Ron Vietti, at Kibbuts Kinneret, Isreael. Welch said the ritual baptism had washed away his anger. "You know when you get angry and it builds up? I felt like hurting someone before - now I feel like hugging people." Vietti said Welch - who has "Jesus" tattooed across his knuckles and "Matthew 11:28" tattooed prominently across his neck - is already attracting a new group of young people to the message of Christianity. Korn announced Welch's resignation last month after 13 years with the band. Welch said he had beocme increasingly addicted in recent years, but that religion helped him quit. He said he plans to release more music without the band.
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