Video: 7-Year-Old Drummer Nails Slipknot Cover on Ellen, Jay Weinberg Sings His Praises


Kids are the best fans. They don’t get too bogged down in metaphor and connotation and what this means for the world, they just like stuff that’s big and fun and connects with them. This is especially true of kids who love metal, because metal is exciting and loud and honest about what it feels. Now, a seven-year-old drummer has learned that metal looks after its own after he nails a cover of Slipknot‘s “Sulfur” on Ellen, earning himself a Jay Weinberg Signature Snare — and the approval of Jay himself.

Video of this incredibly adorable feat comes from Ellen, who hosted seven-year-old Caleb Hayes on her show (you might remember Caleb from back when he was five, and Slipknot hung out with him after one of his drumming videos went viral). Caleb, rocking a leather jacket and faux-hawk, then showed off his talents via a cover of “Sulfur” off of Slipknot’s 2008 album All Hope Is Gone. And look, we’re always going to be supportive of a kid getting into metal, but real talk, Caleb is talented. Watching his feet work the bass drum is actually pretty impressive.

Ellen, being a classy host, gifted Caleb his dream drum, the Jay Weinberg Signature Snare. However, perhaps even more awesome for Caleb is that Weinberg took to Instagram to sing his praises, writing:

Caleb!! Once again, you’ve made all your big brothers in @slipknot proud!????????❤️???????? What a way to own the moment, and deliver a fantastic performance. So stoked to see you rip it up on @TheEllenShow, and that you’re heading home with a new snare ???????????? Play it hard and often, my friend — I know you will!

Check out Caleb performing on Ellen and getting his free snare, followed by Jay’s post about him. Meanwhile, catch Slipknot at one of their upcoming tour dates:

LEG 1: Slipknot w/ In This Moment & Jinjer

Wed Mar 16 Fargo, ND FARGODOME
Fri Mar 18 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
Sat Mar 19 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Tue Mar 22 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Wed Mar 23 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Fri Mar 25 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena
Sat Mar 26 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater
Tue Mar 29 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Wed Mar 30 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
Fri Apr 01 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sat Apr 02 Reading, PA Santander Arena
Mon Apr 04 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Wed Apr 06 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
Thu Apr 07 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
Sat Apr 09 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Mon Apr 11 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Centre
Tue Apr 12 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
Thu Apr 14 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Fri Apr 15 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Sun Apr 17 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

LEG 2: Slipknot w/ Cypress Hill and Ho99o9

Wed May 18 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Fri May 20 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sat May 21 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Sun May 22 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
Tue May 24 Albany, NY MVP Arena
Thu May 26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sat May 28 Québec, QC Videotron Centre
Sun May 29 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Mon May 30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Wed Jun 01 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center
Thu Jun 02 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sat Jun 04 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sun Jun 05 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
Tue Jun 07 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
Thu Jun 09 Colorado Springs, CO The Broadmoor World Arena
Sat Jun 11 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center
Mon Jun 13 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
Tue Jun 14 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Fri Jun 17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
Sat Jun 18 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

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