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Slipknot Parts Ways With Drummer Jay Weinberg

Slipknot announced via a now deleted post on their website that drummer Jay Weinberg is no longer part of the band.

“We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the past ten years,” Slipknot said in the statement. “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.”

Slipknot’s Original Drummer Joey Jordison

According to his official website, Jay Weinberg joined Slipknot in December 2013 after the band parted ways with original drummer Joey Jordison. Jordison originally cited “personal reasons,” as his reason for leaving the band. However, in 2016, the drummer revealed a debilitating illness was the true reason.

“Towards the end of my career in Slipknot I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis,” Jordison said in a speech at the 2016 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London. “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. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym, and I got myself back in f–king therapy to f–ing beat this sh-t. … It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, more than f–king anything.”

Jordison died in 2021.

Jay Weinberg’s Tenure With Slipknot

Again, according to his website, Weinberg filled an incredibly vital role for Slipknot.

“In December 2013, I joined Des Moines, Iowa-based heavy metal band Slipknot.  I’ve since performed on the band’s fifth, sixth, and seventh studio albums: “.5: The Gray Chapter,” (2014) “We Are Not Your Kind,” (2019) and “The End, So Far” (2022, Roadrunner), as well as its third live album / theatrical documentary of the band’s first-ever performance in Mexico “Day of the Gusano,” (Eagle Rock) and studio single “All Out Life” (Roadrunner).”

Weinberg continues, ““.5: The Gray Chapter” debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, as well as in Japan, Australia, Canada, Russia, and Switzerland.  It has been certified Gold in the US, Australia, Austria, Germany, and the U.K., and Platinum in Russia.  The album received nominations in the 57th and 58th Grammy Awards (“The Negative One” and “Custer,” Best Metal Performance; Best Rock Album). “We Are Not Your Kind” (Roadrunner) debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Finland, and Ireland. “The End, So Far” debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200, and #1 in Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.”

His website finishes, “Since 2014, I have spent my time touring with Slipknot throughout North, South, and Central America, Europe, U.K., Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia…”

Jay Weinberg’s Future

Weinberg broke his silence on the split on November 11th, several days after the split. On his social media accounts, he shared the following statement.

“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 of 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.”

He continues by promising he is not done playing drums. Slipknot has not further commented on the split.

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