KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has denied saying disparaging things about his bandmates to drummer David Silveria while they were both estranged from the group.
Silveria, who drummed on all of KORN's recordings through 2005's "See You On The Other Side" album, recently said that Head told him "very negative things about KORN" when they spoke on the phone the year before the guitarist's return to the band. He also claimed that Head told him he would "never go back" to KORN.
After BLABBERMOUTH.NET published an article about Silveria's latest comments on July 26, Welch shared a link to the story on his Facebook page and included the following message: "I normally wouldn't comment on this, but just want to present facts.
"When David called me, I was in such a good place, I was re-connected to half of the KORN guys, and I never would've said anything negative about them because my life was all about love and positivity, so him saying I told him horrible things about KORN that he can't repeat, is a completely fragmented memory David has. What I did say was that I would NEVER go back to KORN. That is true. But as you can see in my movie, 'Loud Krazy Love', that magical, unplanned meeting with KORN at Carolina Rebellion, changed my entire view of that possibility. The wounds with David and a couple of the other KORN members went way deeper than any issues I had in the past with them.
"I did not plan on going back to KORN or plot to exclude David in anyway when I did return, things just ended up the way they did.
"I totally love our history with David and wish the very best for him and his family. He was a HUGE part of our beginnings."
Silveria, who left KORN in 2006, told "The Ex-Man" podcast that his relationship with his bandmates started deteriorating around the time he suffered a serious back injury in the mid-2000s, which left him with debilitating pain that eventually led to his exit from the KORN.
Silveria originally sued KORN in February 2015, insisting that his exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. David said he still had ownership interest in KORN and asked a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they've made since he left so that he can get his rightful share. KORN countersued and the two sides reached an agreement in 2016 that called for Silveria to give up his rights to KORN royalties going forward in exchange for a lump sum.
When Silveria sued KORN, he was said to be especially upset over the fact that the band welcomed back Welch six years ago but wouldn't do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013.