Ousted Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg has broken his silence following his recent split with the band, confessing he was “heartbroken” and “blindsided” by the news.
Weinberg, who joined Slipknot in 2013 following the departure of late founding drummer Joey Jordison, has posted a fresh statement to Instagram addressing the split, revealing he was fired from the band following a ten year tenure.
“I was heartbroken and blindsided to receive the phone call”
“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,” Weinberg wrote. “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 continued: “This is not the ending to the journey I’d dreamt of, and committed myself to seeing through — not by a long shot. But, 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.”
Wrapping up his statement, Weinberg thanked his fans and sounded hopeful for the future.
“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,” he said. “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,” he continued.
“This isn’t the end, and I’m thrilled to discover what the future has in store for us. Thank you.”
Weinberg is the son of long-time Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band drummer, Max Weinberg.
Slipknot announced his departure from the band last week in a since-deleted post on social media, calling it a “creative decision”.
“No one can ever replace Joey Jordison’s original sound, style or energy, but Jay honoured Joey’s parts and contributed to the last three albums and we, the band, and the fans appreciate it,” the masked metal act’s statement read.
“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.”
In other news, Slipknot recently announced Knotfest’s 2024 return to Australia. You can suss the dates here.