Jay Weinberg says he was 'heartbroken and blindsided' by Slipknot split

'Most of you learned shortly after'
 Jay Weinberg of Slipknot performs on stage during the Knotfest at Artukainen Event Park on August 13, 2022
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Speaking out after Slipknot split, now ex-drummer, Jay Weinberg, shared his surprise and sadness on Instagram, after being fired from the masked metal band.

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Noting he didn’t anticipate the group’s decision to part ways after 10 years, Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, took to social to say, “I was heartbroken and blindsided to receive the phone call that I did on the morning of November 5th; the news of which, most of you learned shortly after. However, I’ve been overwhelmed by — and truly grateful for — the outpouring of love and support I’ve received from this incredible community I consider to be my creative and artistic home.”

As Jay expressed, on November 5, Slipknot announced in a now deleted post that the band had “parted ways” with Weinberg, who joined the band in 2013 following the departure of founding drummer Joey Jordison, who formed the group in 1995 along with percussionist Shawn Crahan and the band’s late bass player Paul Gray, who died in 2010.

“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,” Slipknot wrote in a statement. “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.”

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For his statement, Weinberg expressed, that “Despite the confusion and sadness, there is something that’s provided an equal amount of comfort. For many of you reading this: 10 years ago, we weren’t yet acquainted. And now, we are. For that, I’m thankful in ways I’ll never be able to fully express.”

The drummer continued, “I don’t know how, and I don’t know when, but I look forward to creating loud, passionate, and heartfelt music that we enjoy together again. Until then, please know it’s been the joy of a lifetime to spend the last 10 years with you, sharing in our love for this special corner of the music and art world.”

Checkout Slipknots statement above, and Jay’s post below.

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