In a shocking turn of events, Jay Weinberg, the drummer for iconic metal band SLIPKNOT, has expressed his deep disappointment and surprise after the band announced his departure earlier this month. After a decade-long run with the group, Weinberg revealed that he was “heartbroken and blindsided” by SLIPKNOT’s decision to let him go.
The announcement of Weinberg’s departure came via SLIPKNOT’s official social media channels on November 5, citing a “creative decision” as the reason for parting ways with the drummer. Weinberg’s final performance with the band took place on November 3 at the Hell & Heaven festival in Toluca, Mexico.
Taking to social media on Saturday, November 11, Weinberg broke his silence, sharing his feelings about the unexpected turn of events. He expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from the SLIPKNOT community, describing it as his “creative and artistic home.”
Despite the evident disappointment in his departure, Weinberg remains optimistic about the future, stating, “This isn’t the end, and I’m thrilled to discover what the future has in store for us. Thank you.”
SLIPKNOT, in their initial statement, acknowledged Weinberg’s dedication and passion over the past ten years, recognizing his contribution to the band’s last three albums. The band emphasized their intent to evolve, stating, “SLIPKNOT is intent on evolving. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds.”
Jay Weinberg, now 33, joined SLIPKNOT in 2013 as the replacement for drummer Joey Jordison. Weinberg, son of Max Weinberg from Bruce Springsteen’s E STREET BAND, was a fan of SLIPKNOT from a young age and quickly became an integral part of the band’s lineup.
In his statement following his departure, Weinberg reflected on the unique experience of joining SLIPKNOT and the challenges of living up to Joey Jordison’s legacy. He emphasized the band’s encouragement for him to be himself and not emulate Jordison, acknowledging the need for the band’s legacy to continue in a way that respects both the fans and the music.
The unexpected change in SLIPKNOT’s lineup follows the addition of a new keyboardist earlier this year and the departure of longtime member Craig Jones. The band played its first show with the new mystery member in June at the Nova Rock festival in Austria. No specific reasons were given for Jones’s exit.
As the metal community reacts to this surprising development, fans are left speculating about the future direction of SLIPKNOT and eagerly awaiting further details about the band’s plans.