Brian “Head” Welch was living the rock ’n’ roll dream – or nightmare, depending on your perspective – as guitarist and co-founder of the metal band Korn. It was a world of countless addictions that had him on a deadly path.
Then he found God.
This isn’t the kind of faith that’s limited to pointing to heaven after picking up an award. A portion of the new documentary “Holy Ghost” shows how Welch and Korn bandmate Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu meet and pray with members of their audience during each tour stop.
“It’s not something that I feel like is my duty. There’s just something taking me there. I can’t control it,” Welch says. “There is something very rewarding every time it happens. When you see a few people in tears, then you know something is happening that is good.
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“I’m out of my comfort zone. But something is really happening. It’s wild when you think about it.”
Director Darren Wilson’s “Holy Ghost” looks to reclaim some of the reputation that’s been tarnished regarding the Holy Spirit over the years. The fan experience with Korn is only one part of that effort. The crew travels from Salt Lake City to Monte Carlo sharing the spirit of the Holy Ghost. The film was made differently than most documentaries: there was no script or shooting schedule. The director and his crew were led by the Spirit of God to the people and places featured.
One of those stops is at a Korn concert. The Bakersfield, Calif.,-born band has become so popular, it’s not been easy for the members to have the freedom to meet with fans. For the first time, in front of the cameras, Welch and Arvizu go to the front of the theater as the fans are arriving. Rather than being mobbed for photos and autographs, they end up praying with large groups.
“I was uncomfortable with that,” Welch says. “It was kind of weird and nerve-racking going out to meet the fans that way. But since then we have been coming up with ways to get to pray with the fans whether it is an after party or sending someone out before a show.”
Watch the film for free
Anyone who wants to see how Korn is bringing its message of faith to rock music fans can see “Holy Ghost” this weekend for free. Wanderlust Productions is staging a world premiere Saturday and Sunday, when the film can be viewed free on any digital device. Go to www.wpfilm.com to sign up for a viewing.