Slipknot Reveals Why They Fired Their Drummer

Slipknot Reveals Why They Fired Their Drummer
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Slipknot surprised longtime fans when they parted ways with drummer Jay Weinberg earlier this year. Weinberg had been with the group since 2014 taking over for Joey Jordison. 

“We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the past ten years,” Slipknot said at the time of the firing. “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.”

The band’s co-founder, M. Shawn Crahan, also known as Clown, recently spoke with NME about the band’s decision to part ways with Weinberg. 

“As far as Jay goes, what people need to know is Jay did not leave the band, and what I want to say is that we’re moving on,” Clown said. “Like the statement said, we’re choosing to do something different. This space that we’re at right now is a very, very special space, thought about and generated mostly by the OGs.”

Clown also said: “This band has never been happier.” 

He continued: “We’ve moved away from things that don’t belong and we are continuously moving away from what is in the way. There are no hard feelings. There’s no anger or hate. Nobody’s wrong. No one’s mad, it’s just that we’re very aware of us. If you’re a Slipknot fan, then you know what that means. The future is very very exciting. I’m excited, because no one really knows what we’re capable of – as usual.”

Weinberg shared a response after he was let go, and it was clear that the firing came as a surprise. 

“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 said. “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.”

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