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Jay Weinberg Joins Suicidal Tendencies

Former Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg embarks on a new rhythmic chapter, officially joining veteran crossover-thrash band Suicidal Tendencies. Following his departure from Slipknot, Weinberg expresses his honor and excitement, promising an unforgettable live debut with Suicidal Tendencies in Japan. This unexpected collaboration amplifies anticipation for the band’s upcoming global tour, uniting Weinberg’s drumming prowess with the timeless energy of Suicidal Tendencies.

Jay Weinberg announces that he has joined Suicidal Tendencies

Unveiling a New Beat

In a seismic shift within the heavy music landscape, the esteemed drummer Jay Weinberg, recently departed from Slipknot, has found a new rhythmic haven with veteran crossover-thrash icons Suicidal Tendencies. This unexpected union was revealed as Weinberg, known for his powerhouse drumming, announced his induction into the Suicidal Tendencies family. The news comes on the heels of his prior collaboration with Suicidal Tendencies’ singer Mike Muir and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo in the reunited Infectious Grooves.

A Drummer’s Manifesto

Weinberg’s journey into the heart of Suicidal Tendencies was punctuated by a poignant Instagram post, captioned with the iconic phrase “You Can’t Bring Me Down,” paying homage to one of Suicidal Tendencies’ signature tracks. However, it was Weinberg’s extensive statement that truly resonated, providing a deep dive into his profound connection with heavy music culture and the significance of joining Suicidal Tendencies.

“When I think of the culture and community of heavy music that I’ve loved and considered my creative home for 20 years, I think of Suicidal Tendencies: a foundational pillar and source of inspiration ever since I fell in love with punk, metal, and hardcore.”

Weinberg’s words unveil a narrative that stretches over two decades, illustrating a symbiotic relationship with Suicidal Tendencies that has evolved from admiration to collaboration. Having toured the world and forged friendships with his musical heroes linked to the band, Weinberg articulates the honor and privilege he feels stepping into this new chapter.

“Having toured and played shows together all over the world, I’ve been so fortunate to become friends with my musical heroes who have been a part of this band’s incredible history.”

Suicidal Tendencies add Jay Weinberg behind the drum kit

A Thrashing Debut

Weinberg’s initiation into the Suicidal Tendencies lineup is set to unfold on the live stage with two performances in Japan, scheduled for March 14th in Osaka and March 16th in Chiba. These shows mark not only a geographical debut but a sonic baptism into the throbbing pulse of Suicidal Tendencies’ catalog. The anticipation surrounding these performances is palpable, with fans eagerly awaiting the collision of Weinberg’s drumming prowess and Suicidal Tendencies’ timeless sound.

“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to play with Suicidal Tendencies, and I can’t wait to start this incredibly exciting new chapter in just one week! See you all in the pit!”

Weinberg’s enthusiastic proclamation, coupled with the mention of the pit, echoes the communal spirit of heavy music—a sentiment shared by fans and artists alike. The prospect of witnessing Weinberg seamlessly integrate into the Suicidal Tendencies legacy adds an extra layer of excitement to the live experience.

Suicidal Tendencies: A Legacy Continues

Suicidal Tendencies, a pioneering force in the crossover-thrash genre, welcomes Weinberg into a lineage that has seen various drumming virtuosos, including the legendary Dave Lombardo. The band’s current lineup features lead guitarist Dean Pleasants, rhythm guitarist Ben Weinman, and bassist Tye Trujillo. This powerhouse ensemble promises not only a continuation of Suicidal Tendencies’ legacy but a revitalization with Weinberg’s dynamic drumming.

The Evolution of a Drummer

Weinberg’s journey extends beyond his association with Slipknot and Suicidal Tendencies. Following his departure from Slipknot in November 2023, Weinberg embarked on a trajectory that showcased not just resilience but an unwavering commitment to his craft. His love for drumming and creative expression remained unshaken, even in the face of unexpected changes.

“I love playing the drums. I’ll always love playing the drums. I’ll always have a passion for music, art, and creative expression. Nothing will ever change that.”

Weinberg’s statement following his departure from Slipknot reflects a deep-rooted connection to music—a connection that has now led him to Suicidal Tendencies. His openness about his enduring passion hints at a drummer ready to explore new horizons, musically and creatively.

Jay Weinberg and his legacy in Slipknot

Beyond the Drums

Jay Weinberg’s impact transcends the confines of drumming. His versatility and resilience position him as a notable figure in contemporary rock and metal. From replacing Joey Jordison in Slipknot in 2013 to contributing to albums like “.5: The Gray Chapter,” “We Are Not Your Kind,” and “The End, So Far,” Weinberg’s journey is characterized by sonic exploration and artistic evolution.

“I don’t know how, and I don’t know when, but I look forward to creating loud, passionate, and heartfelt music that we enjoy together again.”

These words, shared after his departure from Slipknot, embody Weinberg’s forward-looking perspective. The promise of creating music that resonates with both the artist and the audience reflects a commitment to authenticity—an element that defines Weinberg’s artistic ethos.

Suicidal Tendencies Tour Dates: A Global Sonic Onslaught

As Suicidal Tendencies gears up for the upcoming tour, the excitement reverberates through the global heavy music community. The tour dates are not mere markers on a calendar; they represent a sonic onslaught, a pilgrimage for fans to witness the convergence of Weinberg’s rhythmic mastery and Suicidal Tendencies’ indomitable energy.

Tour Dates:

  • March 14: Osaka, Japan
  • March 16: Chiba, Japan
  • June 8: No Values Festival, Pomona, California
  • June/July: Various European Festivals

The inclusion of Jay Weinberg in the Suicidal Tendencies lineup adds an extra layer of anticipation to these dates. Each performance becomes a chapter in the ongoing narrative of heavy music, where beats and riffs transcend the ordinary, creating an experience that transcends the confines of a venue.

jay weinberg continues behind the kit

The Beat Goes On

As Suicidal Tendencies and Jay Weinberg prepare to embark on this musical journey, the echoes of anticipation resound. The beat goes on, not merely as a rhythmic pulse but as a testament to the enduring spirit of heavy music. Weinberg’s evolution from Slipknot to Suicidal Tendencies signifies not just a change in bands but a progression in a musician’s artistic odyssey.

The collaboration between Jay Weinberg and Suicidal Tendencies stands as a beacon for fans who seek not just music but an immersive experience—a sonic journey that resonates with the core of their being. In the pit and beyond, the amalgamation of Weinberg’s drumming finesse and Suicidal Tendencies’ sonic legacy promises an odyssey that transcends boundaries.

A Drummer’s Impact

As we reflect on Jay Weinberg’s impactful journey—from his early days with Slipknot to his current venture with Suicidal Tendencies—we witness the evolution of a drummer who has left an indelible mark on the heavy music landscape. Beyond the beats and fills, Weinberg’s story serves as an inspiration—a testament to the resilience, passion, and unwavering commitment that define a true artist.

In parting ways with Slipknot, Weinberg didn’t just close a chapter; he opened a door to new possibilities. His decision to join Suicidal Tendencies signifies a willingness to embrace change, explore uncharted territories, and continue the exploration of musical expression.

As the tour dates approach and the excitement builds, one thing is certain—the beat goes on, and Jay Weinberg is at the heart of it all. In the ever-evolving landscape of rock and metal, where beats and riffs create a symphony of rebellion, Weinberg’s journey continues. From the intense percussion of Slipknot to the thrashing rhythms of Suicidal Tendencies, Weinberg leaves an indelible mark on the musical tapestry. The beat goes on, and the legacy of Jay Weinberg reverberates through the sonic realms he continues to explore.

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