Former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch is set to launch the second leg of his first-ever solo U.S. tour in support of his debut album, "Save Me From Myself", which was released in September 2008 on his Driven Music Group label.
With a new band at his side — Scott Von Heldt (guitar), Ralph Patlan (guitar), Michael Valentine (bass), Dan Johnson (drums), Brian Ruedy (keyboards, programming) — Head will embark on another round of dates starting August 14 in Los Angeles, including a free concert in Las Vegas on August 29 at the 20,000-seat Thomas & Mack Arena along with FLYLEAF, BLINDSIDE and others.
"The first leg of the tour a couple months ago was a great warm-up tour," says Head. "Now we're ready to kick it up a notch. We're coming into my neck of the woods with this West Coast leg and I'm expecting to see a great turnout and a lot of energy at the shows!"
The dates are as follows:
Aug. 14 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Aug. 16 - Bakersfield, CA - VBF Campus
Aug. 18 - Fresno, CA - Babylon Club
Aug. 19 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
Aug. 21 - Camas, WA - Tom Festival (Christian Music Festival)
Aug. 22 - Coeur D’Alene ID - The Grail
Aug. 23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Aug. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas
Aug. 26 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
Aug. 27 - Tucson, AZ - Mainstreet Concert and Events Center
Aug. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Thomas & Mack Arena (w/ FLYLEAF, BLINDSIDE)
"Save Me From Myself", sold 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 63 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released through Driven Music Group (distribution by Ryko/Warner Music Group), the label Welch co-founded with music execs Greg Shanaberger and Mark Nawara.
"Save Me From Myself" was produced by Head, who recorded the music off and on for the past two years in Phoenix, Arizona. It features renowned musicians Tony Levin (PETER GABRIEL, DAVID BOWIE) and Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE, NINE INCH NAILS), and was mixed by Ralph Patlan and Bob Clearmountain. It's a testimony of Head's life as he battled with drug addiction and leaving KORN, and finding spirituality.
Video footage of Welch's May 18, 2009 solo concert at Tequila Jungle in Lubbock, Texas can be viewed below (courtesy of "WaywardSonTTU").