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Ex-Slipknot Drummer Jay Weinberg Returned To The Stage With The Bouncing Souls Last Night (Updated)


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Former Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg has *ahem* ‘bounced’ back from his recent hip and femur surgery. In fact, despite being on crutches last month, Weinberg was back behind the drum kit last night, December 10th. That performance marked his first since his surprise dismissal from Slipknot.

He took to the stage for a performance of “True Believers” with the Bouncing Souls, closing out the aforementioned punk band’s set at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, TN. See below for fan-filmed footage.

Weinberg himself cut his teeth in the punk scene, having ill-fated stints in Madball and Against Me! prior to getting called up to Slipknot.

Update: December 11th, 2023 07:41pm:

Weinberg has since commented on his return:

“What an absolutely incredible night, seeing one of my all-time favorite bands @bouncingsoulsnj. My sincere thanks to @rebelogeorge @bryan_kienlen @gregattonito @pete_steinkopf for the kind invitation to jam!! It felt amazing to play drums for the first time since my operation; especially this iconic, belief-affirming anthem.

There’s a story I’ve told many times, perhaps I’ll tell it in greater detail sometime. When I was 14, I was very shy about being a novice drummer. I wanted to keep my new passion for this instrument private — not sharing my progress with anyone, even my immediate family, as I taught myself how to play along with my favorite songs and albums…

The Souls — having been my hometown NJ heroes for some time — were actually the very first people to hear me play drums. They generously invited me to sit in for a song or two at a secret show at @asburylanes in May of 2005, which ended up being the first time I’d ever played drums in front of anyone. It is still to this day the single-most foundational moment of how I’ve come to appreciate and cherish playing drums in a live setting. Endless gratitude to them — of course @mcdermott_13 and @bstrakele for being key friends in that event! — for setting me on a path of loving live performance. Last night felt just as electric as that pivotal night in my life, and I’m thankful for the friendship of the Souls and the wonderful community that surrounds them.

True Believers, all the way…

“i’ve met some people along the way. some of them split, some of them stay. some of them walk, some walk on by. i’ve got a few friends i’ll love till I die. from all these people, I try to learn. some of them shine, some of them burn. some of them rise, some of them fall. for good or bad, i’ve known them all…””

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