Jay Weinberg 'heartbroken and blindsided' over Slipknot split
Jay Weinberg has spoken out for the first time about his exit from Slipknot.
In a Saturday Instagram Story, the former Slipknot drummer revealed that he was fired from the band after 10 years together.
"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," Jay 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."
On 5 November, Slipknot announced that they had "parted ways" with their drummer.
"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," Slipknot's official 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."
Jay joined the band in 2013 after the departure of Joey Jordison. He performed on 2014's The Gray Chapter, 2019's We Are Not Your Kind, and 2022's The End, So Far.
"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," Jay continued in his Saturday statement. "And now, we are. For that, I'm thankful in ways I'll never be able to fully express."
He concluded, "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."
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