Surviving A Night With Rob Zombie And Korn
Waiting backstage for Brian Head Welch was surreal. One, because seeing the row of busses and trailer trucks took me back to a time where I walked between many a backstage venues. Two, the fact Korn has more than one outspoken follower of Jesus in the band is miraculous and wild beyond anything I would have ever dreamt up.
Less than a minute before Korn took the stage, Brian was running frantic backstage to the yells of his stage manager trying to secure passes for my crew and I. “Brian, we’ve got less than 60 seconds. We need to go now!” Brian tosses me four shiny laminated badges to hang around our necks. I stuff them in my jacket pocket and walk on stage right behind him. Not once does anyone ask for our credentials but we felt official all the same.
This is the world Brian calls home - bright light shining in otherwise obscure darkness.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Rob Zombie other than backstage he looked mostly normal and not so scary. I didn’t watch his set as that was the same time Brian was available for a video interview.
“Hey man, do you want to come join us for a meet and greet? It’s where I share my testimony, ask people to receive Jesus, and just hang out with my fans.” How could I turn Brian’s offer down? If you’ve seen the Darren Wilson, “Holy Ghost” documentary, than you’ve seen the part where Todd White goes out with Brian and Fieldy to pray for people at a Korn show. My meet and greet experience with Brian was pretty much that on a slightly less chaotic level.
Just like the documentary - I was utterly encouraged by how open Korn fans were to hearing - and responding - to the Gospel. Brian shared his heart, asked who wanted to know Jesus, and prayed lives would forever change. I’m guilty of making childish assumptions that certain types of people are more or less likely to respond to Jesus. Brian proved my bias way wrong.
God is moving wonderfully. Sometimes in the least likely of places. Please join me in praying for people like Brian who are Kingdom mischief-makers glowing in the dark.