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Max Weinberg Speaks Of His Son Jay’s Performances With Slipknot


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Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg has an even more famous drummer for a father in Max Weinberg, known for his decades of playing with Bruce Springsteen as part of the E Street Band and his time as a bandleader on Conan O’Brien‘s various late night talk shows, among other things. Rollingstone.com recently asked Max what it’s like to watch Jay play in Slipknot:

Jay is an unbelievable drummer. Two years in a row he’s been named the best metal drummer out there. They have very dedicated fans and their music is intense, and I like intense music. It’s complicated. I couldn’t do it. I’ve seen him up close and I don’t know how he does it. I had nothing to to do with it. He taught himself.

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He’ll be 27 this year and he’s just a killer drummer and a great kid. It’s so much fun for me to see him play, and he’s a virtual artist. He lives in Nashville. He’s doing quite a bit of stuff. He’s writing songs on his own and the band is making plans to do another record, a follow-up to the last one, which did very well.”

When asked if he has ever watched a Slipknot show from the audience, he replied:

“I don’t go up front. I won’t go up front since I’d get knocked around. I watch on the side of the stage or at the board. The drums and the vocals are the loudest things in the mix and the way he plays double bass, he’s got one of those drum sets and uses all of it. That’s been very pleasing for me. The other night we got an audible for “Radio Nowhere” and I never play that song without thinking of Jay because everyone says that Jay just kicked my ass on that song and played it so much better than I did. I stole a lot of the licks he used on that song.”

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