According to MTV News, Brian "Head" Welch, former Korn guitarist, plans to embark on a solo caree, use money he makes off of songs to build skate parks for kids and possibly star in a reality TV show based on his life.
"I want to make music that will help people. I want to use every dime of the money I make off the songs to build skate parks for kids," Welch said. "My life now is about helping kids."
Welch recently announced he was leaving Korn after rededicating his life to Christianity. He plans to continue as a musician, but said his songs will reflect a more positive attitude.
"My music is going to have a Christian, spiritual edge to it, for sure," Welch said. I have a song called 'Kry,' which I feel is like God talking to me. It's just a reflection of how I feel now. It's about life experiences."
Welch said he does not want to 'preach' to people, but he does want to reach out to those who are in the same spot that he was in four months ago—depressed, addicted, even suicidal.
"I had nothing to lose," Welch said. "I remember lying in bed, thinking, 'Take me home, Lord.' But he helped me through it. He made me the happiest man alive," Welch said.
While currently writing songs on a tour of Israel with fellow church members, Welch said he is hoping to prove to the world he is a serious Christian by taking his story to reality television.
"I want to do a reality show on my life change," Welch said. "So many people just don't want to try (Christianity), and I want to reach out to them."
November 19, 2004 - UPDATED: Evanescence Rocks On To Narnia
UPDATE: The production team of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe have denied Evanescence's involvement in the film. Evanescence may still be writing music based on Narnia, but it has no official connection to the film or its soundtrack. - Dan
"It still sounds like the Evanescence everybody knows, but at the same time it's going in a new direction, and I love that direction."
Those were the words of Evanescence's Amy Lee as she spoke on their upcoming DVD/CD package, "Anywhere But Home," set to be released Tuesday. Besides onstage and backstage footage, the set also includes concert bloopers just to show that the band isn't perfect.
Evanescence has been enjoying their time on the road since the departure of Ben Moody in October 2003. Lee says now she isn't worried about going pop—the route Moody has taken in his songwriting for Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.
"Most people assume just from looking at us and our music that Ben is responsible for all the rock music, and all the sappy stuff comes from me," Lee said. "That just isn't true. Ben's the one who wrote 'My Immortal.' "
Lee said Moody was focused more on being commercial and selling albums.
"He's more about the pop influence," Lee said. "That's the part that we also disagreed on. I want to do the more artistic, weird thing, and he would want to do the thing that people would want to hear."
Lee has also been working on music for the upcoming film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe," inspired by the children's series book by C.S. Lewis. The book was a childhood favorite of Lee's.
"I love the kind of stranger children's stuff," she said. "I think that's very much what our music is inspired by. Not only death and the morbid stuff, but that it comes from the perspective of a child and things relating to childhood, because that's what I went through."
Lee was offered a small role in the film, currently in production in New Zealand, but considering the role she requested, the film's producers may have been too freaked out to give her a part.
Said Lee: "They were like, 'Do you want to do a cameo?' And I was like, '---- yeah! Let me die. I want to be somebody who gets murdered.' So I don't think that's going to happen."
Source: MTV News
July 17, 2004 - Not the 400 meter relay race for Kutless
During GMA week in April, we first heard about the plan for Kutless to play in Athens at this year’s 2004 summer Olympics at the steps of the Acropolis. Apparently, as they told the press at Creation, their publicist had some contacts with people who worked for the Olympics and one day the guys learned of their pending overseas trip by phone one day, “Guess what? You are going to Athens.” Race over to http://www.kutless.com/news.asp for more details.
March 27, 2004 - Skillet Collides With The Mainstream
The Paul Ebersold-produced Collide will get another chance to impact audiences this Spring. Lava Records, home to Kid Rock, Simple Plan and Smile Empty Soul has agreed to pick up Skillet's latest to sell and promote it in the mainstream. We talked with Skillet last night on their Minnesota stop of the See Spot Rock tour. Although they did not play any new songs, the band announced that there would be two new songs, one of which would be the first mainstream single. The new version of Collide will hit stores on May 25th, so give your old copy to a friend and go buy it.
UPDATE 4/2/2004 - "Savior" will be the first single, with the new track possibly being a second song for radio play. The first single is already doing well on college radio, so start requesting "Savior".
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