Max Weinberg Says His Heavy Metal Son Is Way Better Than He Is at Drums

Max Weinberg has backed Bruce Springsteen as a member of the E Street Band for decades, but he says his experience is no match for his son, Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg, who outplays him without a doubt.

Max made his comments in an interview with Rolling Stonetelling the magazine, "Jay is an unbelievable drummer. Two years in a row he's been named the best metal drummer out there. He'll be 27 this year, and he's just a killer drummer and a great kid. It's so much fun for me to see him play. He's a virtual artist."

The elder Weinberg joined Bruce Springsteen circa 1974. Jay joined Slipknot in 2014.


Despite his significant accomplishments as a drummer, Max says Jay didn't get a lot of help from him when he was learning the instrument.

"[Slipknot's] music is intense, and I like intense music," he said. "It's complicated. I couldn't do it. I've seen him up close and I don't know how he does it. I had nothing to do with it. He taught himself."

But Jay won't be pigeonholed as a headbanger. He's filled in for his dad on occasion. 

"The other night we got an audible for 'Radio Nowhere,'" Max said. "I never play that without thinking of Jay -- everyone says that Jay just kicked my ass on that song, and playing it so much better than I did. I stole a lot of the licked he used on that song."


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