Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg Reveals Bruce Springsteen’s Role In His Transition To Replace Joey Jordison

Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg sat down with Metal Hammer to reflect on his drumming career. Jay gave insight about when and how drumming began for him, how it felt to play for Bruce Springsteen -just like his father Max Weinberg- and E Street Band, and the process of replacing Slipknot’s former drummer late Joey Jordison. Weinberg said:

“I never felt overawed by the pressure to replace Joey [Jordison]. Up until that point I had always come into existing projects, primarily as the drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; to me, that’s incredibly intimidating. I was playing to crowds of 80-90 thousand people in stadiums, and I had only been playing drums for three years!”

The 32-year-old drummer also emphasized that joining them was not an easy task:

“Having accomplished that, I had set myself up to be this guy who could jump in on a moving freight train, be it Madball or Against Me!. So, I put myself in that context, and I knew how to be myself, I knew how to find my own voice in another artist’s catalog. But Slipknot was the biggest challenge. That took all my experience and turned the dials up to 20.”

In a 2016 interview, Jay explained the audition process with Slipknot, describing the whole process as ‘lightning in a bottle:’

“Clown asked me, do you know any Slipknot songs? And I was like yeah, how about we start with these? And we started with ‘Before I Forget’ and ‘Duality’, those were the first songs we ever played together, and when we played those, the whole vibe of the room started to change, and they were like, ‘Well, that sounded f**king awesome, do you know anything else?’

“And I was like yeah, let’s play ‘Disasterpiece’, and then we were just calling out, let’s do B-sides from the first record, let’s play ‘Get This’, and at that time it was clear that this was heading for a ‘holy s**t, this is lightning in a bottle, we’re really onto something’ kind of moment, and it just built and built.”

In the same interview, he stated that he never wishes to disrespect neither Jordison nor the fans by copying him:

“Joey’s one of the greatest drummers we’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing. So as a fan of the band and someone who respects the people and the music, I didn’t want to come in and try to be a copycat.

“That’s not interesting to me, that’s not interesting to the band and it would be insulting to everyone involved, including the fans.”

In 2013, the band released a statement on their official website that explained they no longer work with Joey. As a response, he posted on his social media, saying he could never have guessed what happened:

“To my fans, friends, and associates … I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time.”

In a 2021 interview, he revealed the details about his illness and stated the situation between him and his ex-band:

“I want you all to give them praise. We accomplished a lot, and I wish them nothing but luck and the best of praise. Toward the end of my career in Slipknot, I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis. I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don’t wish on my worst enemy.”

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