Monday, July 20, 2015

Corey Taylor: "New drummer Jay Weinberg saw Slipknot for the first time when he was 10 years old"


Slipknot's Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by Eddie Trunk and was asked if Slipknot was still keeping the identities of its newest members, drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, a secret. You can read some excerpts below.


Taylor said: "Everybody knows, but we've just kind of let it be. 'Cause everybody was so up our ass to say who our new drummer was, and it was, like, you're missing the point. You're missing the point. Listen to us. It's not about him. it's about us. It's not about any individual person. That's why we kept it such arm's length for the longest time. But people know that it's Jay, people know that our new bassist is Alex. It's out there. But because we let the music do the talking, it stopped being an issue. So it was kind of cool to see that reaction and see how it kind of turned on itself. People just stopped caring. It was just, like, who cares who they are, individually? It's Slipknot again. And that was the whole point… And plus, a lot of it was out of respect for Joe. We parted ways for our reasons, and it was reasons that people really didn't need to know about. So, for us, out of respect to him, out of respect to Jay, at the time, we were, like, 'Look, we're continuing on, and this is how we're doing it. It doesn't matter why. This is what we're doing.'"

Jay Weinberg is the son of Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg, Corey Taylor added: "Max was bringing Jay to shows when Jay was 10 years old. Jay grew up a huge Slipknot fan. I have a picture of he and I in the same rig from… I wanna say it was the Hammerstein Ballroom, and it was Halloween 2001, I think. And he's been coming to shows since we played 'Conan', because Max was the bandleader on 'Conan'. So he's been a huge fan since then. He's almost twenty years younger than us. It's crazy."