Slipknot sent the metal community reeling recently when they abruptly (and rather unceremoniously) announced on their social media accounts that long-time drummer Jay Weinberg was out of the band.
Still beloved by fans a good decade after doing the near-impossible job of replacing late Slipknot founding member and drum legend Joey Jordison, Weinberg’s removal truly came as a surprise.
And now, Weinberg has broken his silence and confirmed as such. Per a post just made on his personal Instagram account, Jay explains that he had no clue his Slipknot ousting was coming. Here’s his full statement:
“I sometimes wonder what it would be like to pay a visit to my wide-eyed, 10-year-old self — falling head over heels in love with a new and exciting sound and culture — and tell him all about the last 10 years. Even on the hardest days, I’d like to think he’d be stoked about the adventure that was in store for him.
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. 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.
This is not the ending to the journey I’d dreamt of, and committed myself to seeing through — not by a long shot. But, 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. And now, we are. For that, I’m thankful in ways I’ll never be able to fully express.
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.
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. Until then, please know 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.
This isn’t the end, and I’m thrilled to discover what the future has in store for us. Thank you.”
Personally, we can’t wait to see what Jay does next. Clearly, the dude has a bright future ahead of him.