On surviving a night with Rob Zombie and Korn.
I’m old. Once upon a time I loved attending late night shows. Now? Now I’m just like 9PM is late and I’m wondering why in the world my kids are still up. Scary considering my day job was once dependent on crowded, sweaty, loud, usually late-night performances landing me in bed way past midnight.
Waiting backstage for Brian Head Welch was surreal.
One, because seeing the row of buses and trailer trucks took me back to a time where I walked between many a backstage venues. Two, the fact Korn (of all rough-around-the-edges nu metal bands) has more than one outspoken follower of Jesus is miraculous and beyond wild.
Less than one 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 bright, shiny laminated badges to hang around our necks. I stuff them in my jacket pocket, and walk on stage right behind him. Not once did anyone ask for our credentials. At the end of the night I thanked Brian for the passes and shared how I was planning to give them to my kids as a souvenir. “You can’t give these to your kids!” I was surprised. Really? You need them back? “No, look at this.” Flipping the pass over, Brian revealed what I had previously missed - a cartoon playing with a sex toy. Good call on leaving those behind.
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 Darren Wilson’s, “Holy Ghost” documentary, then 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 for making childish assumptions that certain types of people are more or less likely to respond to Jesus. Brian proved my bias wrong. Completely.
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.