Slipknot Drummer Jay Weinberg Reveals How He Joined the Band
I’m pretty sure at some point a few years back we shared the story of how Jay Weinberg came to join Slipknot — flew out to L.A. for an audition without even knowing what band he was auditioning for, slayed it on account of already knowing all of his favorite band’s songs, got the gig at just 23 years old — but hey, there’s a new Slipknot album coming out, so why not share it again and revel in all that glorious $lipknot click money??
Weinberg has relayed the story to SJC Custom Drums in a new video. Here’s the transcript of the above section in case you’re presently somewhere you can’t watch a video:
“After spending a lot of time on the road with different bands, I stopped touring entirely and went back to school. My manager, who managed this band I used to be in, calls me and says, ‘What are you doing? I have something, and I think you’d wanna do it. Can you just trust me and get out here to LA?’
“Without hesitation I was just like, ‘Yeah! Okay… I can do that.’ I didn’t know what it was for, but I knew if someone was asking me to come and play drums on something, I wanna kick the shit out of it.
“I go out there and go to this studio, and they’re like, ‘Alright, there’s a drum set. We’ll bring in Slipknot in, like, 20 minutes. That cool?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah… okay, that’s cool.’
“Just from going on muscle memory from when I was, like, 14 or 15 in my shed, we played about 20 Slipknot songs. And it was like, ‘Alright man, if you want this then it’s yours.’”