The “Metal Drummer Of The Year” leaves Slipknot

Slipknot have made “a creative decision” to part ways with their longtime member, drummer Jay Weinberg. Jay, the son of Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg, joined the band after Joey Jordison’s departure in 2014 and contributed to their past three studio albums: 5.: The Gray Chapter, We Are Not Your Kind and The End, So Far.

This road is now over for the drummer, who’s been with them for almost a decade. Slipknot announced their decision to go on without him in the following statement:

“We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the past ten years,” they say. “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. 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.”

While only the band members know what was really going on behind the scenes, to the rest of the world it seems to be an abrupt action on Slipknot part. When the announcement of Jay’s leaving came, the drummer himself didn’t comment on the situation immediately. And just a couple of days before it, on Friday night, Nov 3, he took to Instagram after a Slipknot gig in Mexico to say: “Gracias, @hhopenair!! What a year 2023 has been. Great way to cap off an amazing year of memorable shows.”

The band’s decision to drop Jay caused lots of negativity on social media, which led to the band deleting the Instagram announcement about his departure, and allegedly disabling comments, according to Los Angeles Times.

Corey Taylor & co. couldn’t be more concise when it comes to dropping their musicians. In June of this year, the band posted that they also said goodbye to another longtime member, Craig Jones. The statement on his separation from the band was short and impersonal: “To our fans, Slipknot is announcing that we have parted ways with Craig Jones. We wish Jones all the best for the future.”

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