The Latest on Slipknot Parting Ways with Jay Weinberg


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Slipknot says they are “intent on evolving,” and that new direction is without drummer Jay Weinberg

It’s always a sticky situation when a band parts ways with one of its band members. But, it happens a lot. I could name hundreds of bands that have undergone major personal changes throughout their careers and are still popular today, from AC/DC to Black Sabbath. Well, in that tradition, the guys of Slipknot have announced that they’re moving forward without drummer Jay Weinberg. What’s the reasoning? They say it’s a “creative decision.”

On Sunday (Nov. 5), Slipknot posted the a statement to their social accounts to announce the news. They stated, “We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the past ten years. No one can ever replace Joey Jordison’s original sound, style or energy, but Jay honored Joey’s parts and contributed to the last three albums and we, the band, and the fans appreciate it.” Then, they added, “But as ever, Slipknot is intent on evolving. The band has decided to make a creative decision, and to part ways with Jay. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds.”

So, that’s the latest on Slipknot parting ways with Jay Weinberg. This is a pretty big change for Slipknot, as Weinberg had been a member of the band for almost a decade. He became part of Slipknot after their founding Joey Jordison left and was welcomed by fans with open arms and ears. Weinberg also performed on three of the band’s most successful studio albums: 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter,” 2019’s “We Are Not Your Kind” and 2022’s “The End, So Far.”

Joining Slipknot seemed something of a dream come true for Weinberg. He’s the son of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, so music runs in the family. He even went to see Slipknot as a kid, as photos of the meeting have been shared on socials.

This isn’t the first lineup change for Slipknot. the band parted ways with original band members Craig Jones and Chris Fehn in 2023 and 2019, respectively. As mentioned early, they split with their original drummer Jordison, too, and he tragically passed away in July 2021 at the age of 46.

As for right now, Slipknot haven’t announced a replacement drummer for Weinberg. They also don’t have many tour dates lined up, as their sole upcoming gig is at the Sick New World festival in April, 2024, in Las Vegas. Slipknot continue to work on new music, too. Check out Slipknot’s official statement below.

Charles Ken
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