Ex-SLIPKNOT Drummer JAY WEINBERG Officially Joins SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

Former SLIPKNOT drummer Jay Weinberg has officially joined SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.

Earlier today, the 33-year-old Nashville-based musician wrote on social media: “When I think of the culture and community of heavy music that I’ve loved and considered my creative home for 20 years, I think of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: a foundational pillar and source of inspiration ever since I fell in love with punk, metal, and hardcore.

“Having toured and played shows together all over the world, I’ve been so fortunate to become friends with my musical heroes who have been a part of this band’s incredible history.

“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to play with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, and I can’t wait to start this incredibly exciting new chapter in just one week! See you all in the pit!”

Weinberg will make his live debut with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES with a two-date Japanese run of shows (March 14 in Osaka and March 16 in Chiba). The band is also slated to perform at the No Values festival on June 8 in Pomona, California, with a series of European festival dates scheduled for June and July.

In addition to Weinberg and Muir, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES‘ current lineup features lead guitarist Dean Pleasants, rhythm guitarist Ben Weinman (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) and bassist Tye Trujillo (son of METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo).

Weinberg‘s pairing with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES comes less than two months after he was announced as the new drummer of INFECTIOUS GROOVES, the long-running outfit formed more than three decades ago by Robert Trujillo alongside Robert‘s then-SUICIDAL TENDENCIES bandmate Muir.

INFECTIOUS GROOVES has scheduled two U.S. shows this month — March 23 and March 24 at the Garden Grove Amphitheater in Garden Grove, California — before embarking on a short tour of Australia in late March and early April.

Weinberg was recruited by INFECTIOUS GROOVES for the band’s first live appearances since a one-off show in 2019 due to longtime drummer Brooks Wackerman‘s commitment to AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

In a recent interview with Australia’s Metal-Roos, Muir stated about how Weinberg came to join INFECTIOUS GROOVES: “We wanted to get somebody that you know could carry that torch and was there. It’s funny ’cause we were kind of saying… well, I told Robert, ‘You put a list [of drummers] together, I’ll put a list together and then we’ll kind of see who’s touring and who’s available and try to do it.’ And my middle son, who’s 14, was asking, he goes, ‘If Brooks can’t do it, who are you gonna get to play drums?’ And I’m, like, ‘We’re not sure. We’re putting a list together.’ He goes, ‘You’re gonna ask Jay?’ So my son, his two favorite drummers are Lars [Ulrich] and Jay Weinberg and stuff. And I was, like, I hadn’t even thought of Jay. And I knew that he had surgery. And I looked [on his social media] and I go, ‘It’s January 1st.’ And he goes [in a social media post], ‘I’m walking for the first time [since surgery], and I’m like, ‘Ooh.’ And my son said, ‘You should get Jay. I saw him. He’s playing the drums again. You should get him. Talk to him.’ And I go, ‘I don’t have his number.’ He goes, ‘You could get it. Robert‘s probably got it.'”

Muir continued: “The first tour that that Jay did in SLIPKNOT, SUICIDAL opened. I, obviously, have been around a lot of drummers, a lot of musicians, and I’d heard the drummer they got is really good. As I always say, I don’t judge, I observe. And I was watching him play at soundcheck, going, ‘Oh, dude, this guy’s actually really good. He mixes it up really well. And he’s really versatile.’ And it always stuck out to me because, I go, ‘He obviously kills it in SLIPKNOT,’ but I go, ‘He’s actually a really versatile drummer and really good.’ And it stuck out to me and stuff. So I knew that he could definitely do it, obviously. It’s a matter of would he want to do it and then physically could. So I got his number and I texted him. And he goes, ‘I’m at my physical therapist’s right now. I’m not even supposed to be starting to play until the middle of April.’ But he goes, ‘I think I’m way ahead of my schedule.’ And he goes, ‘Let me get back to you. I’m gonna be there on Monday.’ And it was the weekend… But he goes, ‘Yeah, I think it’s gonna be all right,’ and this and that. So anyhow, we talked a lot and then were, like, ‘Let’s fly out and get together.’ And when we practiced, I was going, ‘You cannot tell that he’s just had two major surgeries.’ It’s funny because my kids went to the practice and they were, like, ‘Dude, Robert was smiling ear to ear the whole practice. He looked like a little kid just having a ball.’ And it was just so much fun in a good way. Jay on drums, he’s driving that sports car, and he’s got a really good edge and he’s able to actually showcase a lot more on the INFECTIOUS songs, which he was really appreciating. I think people, they’re gonna trip. Because everybody knows Robert‘s great bass player; they know the bass lines in INFECTIOUS. Whether you know the music or not, you hear it, you’re, like, ‘Oh, dude, that bass player is insane,’ especially for the time. But I think, when Jay‘s up there, they’re gonna go, ‘Wow, that’s really powerful.’ So we’re super excited, as you can tell.”

In addition to Weinberg, Muir and Trujillo, INFECTIOUS GROOVES‘ 2024 lineup includes guitarists Dean Pleasants (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) and Dave Kushner (ex-VELVET REVOLVER).

INFECTIOUS GROOVES was formed soon after Trujillo joined SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in 1989. Muir and Trujillo got together with some friends to write song that centered more around the bass, but with the intent of giving everyone else a whole lot of freedom.

On November 5, 2023, SLIPKNOT released a statement via social media in which it said it had “decided to make a creative decision and to part ways with Jay.”

Six days later, Weinberg, who replaced Joey Jordison, SLIPKNOT‘s original drummer, in 2013, shared on Instagram that he “was heartbroken and blindsided to receive the phone call”, “the news of which, most of you learned shortly after.”

Jay played his final show with SLIPKNOT on November 3 at the Hell & Heaven festival in Toluca, Mexico.

When SLIPKNOT announced Weinberg‘s departure, the band thanked Jay “for his dedication and passion over the past ten years.” The group added: “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. But as ever, SLIPKNOT is intent on evolving. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds.”

Jay discovered SLIPKNOT when he was a pre-teen, through his father, Max Weinberg, of Bruce Springsteen‘s E STREET BAND, and leader of the house band on Conan O’Brien‘s talk show. He was hooked immediately and was a huge fan of SLIPKNOT by the time he was invited to Los Angeles to try out as replacement for Joey Jordison in 2013.

For the first few months after the release of 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter”, the members of SLIPKNOT had declined to name the musicians who were playing drums and bass on their tour, despite the fact that their identities were revealed as Weinberg and bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella by a disgruntled former drumtech for SLIPKNOT who posted a picture of a backstage call sheet on Instagram.

“.5: The Gray Chapter” went on to score a trio of Grammy nominations, including two for “Best Metal Performance” and a nomination for “Best Rock Album”.

Weinberg also played on 2019’s “We Are Not Your Kind” and 2022’s “The End, So Far”, both of which topped Billboard‘s rock albums chart.

SLIPKNOT has yet to announce a replacement for Jay.


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