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Jay Weinberg

Playing with the E Street Band, April 2009
Background information
Birth name Jay Weinberg
Born 8 September 1990 (1990-09-08) (age 19)
Origin Middletown Township, New Jersey
Genres punk, nu metal, rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1974 - Current
Associated acts Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Website http://www.myspace.com/jayweinberg

Jay Weinberg (born September 8, 1990)[1] is an American drummer and the son of drummer Max Weinberg. He plays with the punk band The Reveling[2] and toured in 2009 as a drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, substituting for his father.[3]


Early life and education

Weinberg is the son of drummer Max Weinberg, who joined the E Street Band in 1974;[3] his mother Becky is a former teacher.[1] He grew up in Middletown Township, New Jersey.[1] As a child, he played travel team ice hockey as a goaltender.[1][2][4] At age 9 he first saw the E Street Band on their 1999–2000 Reunion Tour,[2] and saw shows on this and subsequent tours, especially in Europe.[1] Around the same time his father took him to Ozzfest to see Slipknot, which gave him a strong affinity for heavy metal and other intense music genres;[5] his father also exposed him to a wide variety of other music.[1] He began playing guitar at age 9, bass at age 12 or 13.[1] He then started playing drums at age 14, mostly self-taught and without much instruction from his father[2][6][7] but using his father's old gear.[5] By the next year he had performed a guest appearance on stage with band The Used and subsequently with punk rockers The Bouncing Souls.[2] He played in the New Jersey metal band Chaosis.[4] He attended Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School where he played on the hockey team for a time and graduated in 2008.[1][6]

He attends Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey[5] as a student in the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management.[1] He aspires to marry a music career with a solid business knowledge.[1] He joined the New York punk band The Reveling in August 2008, which plays before small audiences in venues such as the Ace of Clubs nightspot in Manhattan, various spots in Brooklyn, and elsewhere.[1][6][8] With them he does some of the band's songwriting and arranging.[6]

Appearances with Springsteen

Max Weinberg (standing in front of stage, in black shirt) watches son Jay on the video screen, during "Born to Run" at Giants Stadium in 2008

Jay Weinberg's first appearance with Springsteen was in the summer of 2008, filling in for his father on "Born to Run" at Giants Stadium after having watched many other performances during the Magic Tour.[2] Springsteen's 2009 Working on a Dream Tour posed a problem for Max Weinberg, as The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien in Los Angeles – for which he was The Max Weinberg 7 bandleader – was starting at the same time that the tour would be in progress.[9] Springsteen's manager Jon Landau viewed Weinberg was the "secret weapon" to substitute for his father without losing fan satisfaction.[2] Both Landau and E Street guitarist Steve Van Zandt attributed Jay Weinberg's skills to a genetic gift.[2][10]

Once the initial portion of the tour began in early April 2009, Weinberg played from several songs to half the show on most of the dates.[5][8][11][12] His playing with Springsteen integrated a polyrhythmic approach influenced by metal bands such as Lamb of God, Mastodon, and Slipknot with the E Street drumming style derived from big bands and early rock and roll.[4] He received a very positive reaction from both audiences and reviewers as a re-energizing "spark plug"[12] for the much-older band,[13] with his vigorous, long-hair-flying style inviting comparisons to Dave Grohl[14] and his potential for replacing his father drawing allusions to Wally Pipp.[11][4] He began playing complete shows in mid-May 2009 during the tour's American first leg, as his father went to California to prepare test runs for the Tonight Show start.[13][6] Modern Drummer magazine's editor said that a college freshman playing on one of the year's biggest rock tours is "certainly a unique story".[6] Weinberg played a number of dates early on in the European second leg of the tour, including at the Dutch Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf, the Netherlands in addition to Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. He also played during a few dates of the American third and final leg. When not needed for the Springsteen tour, he continued to play for The Reveling, often before audiences that were three orders of magnitude smaller; he said of the difference, "I liked the duality of it all ... I like doing this just as much as I like doing that."[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Lustig, Jay (2009-05-08). "Jay Weinberg speaks: hockey, drumming and the E Street Band". The Star-Ledger. http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2009/05/jay_weinberg_speaks_hockey_dru.html. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Greene, Andy (2009-03-27). "Springsteen's "Secret Weapon": How Jay Weinberg Scored a Spot in the E Street Band". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/03/27/springsteens-secret-weapon-how-jay-weinberg-scored-a-spot-in-the-e-street-band/. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Weinberg to be replaced by his son on Springsteen shows in Europe". Yahoo News. 2009-03-22. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/1/20090322/ten-weinberg-to-be-replaced-by-his-son-o-c60bd6d.html. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d Bream, Jon (2009-05-09). "The beat goes on". Star Tribune. p. 1E. http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/44553222.html. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  5. ^ a b c d Wolfson, Melanie (2009-05-04). "Jay Weinberg Feels 'Super Fortunate' To Play On Bruce Springsteen Tour". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1610571/20090504/springsteen_bruce.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Lustig, Jay (2009-05-15). "Born To Drum: Two generations of Weinbergs do the E Street Shuffle". The Star-Ledger. http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2009/05/born_to_drum_two_generations_o.html. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  7. ^ Tsai, Martin (August 13, 2009). "New Gig, but Same Beat for Drummer Max Weinberg". The Star-Ledger. http://www.nj.com/insidejersey/index.ssf/2009/08/new_gig_same_beat.html#more. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c Arroyave, Luis (2009-06-16). "Springsteen didn't look far for teenage drummer, Jay Weinberg". Chicago Tribune. http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/about-last-night/2009/06/springsteen-didnt-look-far-for-teenage-drummer-jay-weinberg.html. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Max Watch '09: A Tale of Two Bosses". Backstreets.com. 2009-01-16. http://www.backstreets.com/news.html. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ Brunner, Rob (2009-03-20). "Springsteen news: Steve Van Zandt talks about the E Street Band's new drummer". EW.com. http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/03/springsteen-wei.html. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. ^ a b Miller, Jay N. (2009-04-22). "Boss and band cover a lot of ground in Boston". The Patriot Ledger. http://www.patriotledger.com/entertainment/x50626460/Boss-and-band-cover-a-lot-of-ground-in-Boston. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  12. ^ a b Puterbaugh, Parke (2009-05-04). "Review: 3-hour show rocks 'Steensboro'". News & Record. http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/05/03/article/3_hour_show_rocks_steensboro. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  13. ^ a b Eck, Michael (2009-05-15). "Bruce Springsteen @ Times Union Center 5/14/09". Times Union. http://blogs.timesunion.com/reviews/?p=900. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  14. ^ Gehman, Geoff (2009-05-02). "Concert Reviews: Bruce Springsteen". The Morning Call. http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/music/all-d4_weekconcerts.6882370may02,0,2402026.story. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 

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