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Max Weinberg Praises Son Jay Weinberg’s Work in Slipknot: ‘I Don’t Know How He Does It’

Rob Kim, Getty Images / Roadrunner
Rob Kim, Getty Images / Roadrunner

The father-and-son drum duo of Max and Jay Weinberg is a powerful punch. Max is most known for his work with Bruce Springsteen and deadpan stares against Conan O’Brien, while Jay has recently made a name for himself blasting away behind Slipknot’s kit. In a new interview Max, praises his son’s talents, admitting, “I couldn’t do it.”

Max Weinberg is widely regarded as one of rock’s all-time greatest drummers. Rolling Stone just profiled the elder Weinberg celebrating 43 years with “The Boss” and profiling the percussionist’s recent health scares with prostate cancer and heart surgery. The mag also asked Max what it’s like watching his son perform with Slipknot.

“Jay is an unbelievable drummer,” Max begins. “Two years in a row he’s been named the best metal drummer out there. They have very dedicated fans and their music is intense, and I like intense music. 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 to do with it. He taught himself. He’ll be 27 this year and he’s just a killer drummer and a great kid.”

“I don’t go up front,” Max said about Slipknot’s shows. “I won’t go up front since I’d get knocked around. I watch on the side of the stage or at the board. The drums and the vocals are the loudest things in the mix and the way he plays double bass, he’s got one of those drum sets and uses all of it. That’s been very pleasing for me.”

Slipknot percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan confirmed in a new interview that the band will be on break for a while, but the masked nine are starting to write for a new album. Meanwhile, Corey Taylor is hard at work with Stone Sour, readying the band’s sixth studio album, Hydrograd, for a June release.

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