From Korn to Christ--Part 2: Interview with Fieldy
Four years after guitarist Brian "Head" Welch left the popular rock band after a Christian conversion, bass player Fieldy talks to Beliefnet about getting sober and becoming a Christian.
You may have remembered hearing the news back in 2005 that one of the world's most popular rock bands, Korn, was losing one of its members--to Jesus. Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch" decided that he wanted to make some major changes in his life--to get off drugs and embrace his Christian faith. Unfortunately for Korn fans, he also decided he could no longer stay in the band if he wanted to stay sober and live his faith.
Now, another member of the band, bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu has come out publically as a Christian and has co-authored a book, "Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn," (you can browse the book on Harper Collins' website) which was released earlier this month. However, unlike Head, Fieldy is determined to remain with the band.
Your new book begins with a vivid recounting of a night when you were drunk and physically abusive to your wife. Was that your breaking point--when you knew you had to make a really big change?
That was the beginning of my breaking point. I think it all started coming down when after seven days a week, 20 years straight of partying, my body not being able to take it anymore. And then, to top it off, things like that were happening all the time. That's one of many stories in the book. And then to really top it off, my dad goes into the hospital and dies.
Your dad was a Christian?
He walked with the Lord for 18 years.
Did you grow up in a Christian household?
Actually, we never had anything like that. Back in the day if people would even mention the name Jesus, I was like, "What? What's that?" I didn't even know. I didn't know anything.
So he became a Christian when you were older?
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