Max Weinberg Splits with Conan O’Brien
After 17 years of leading the band for late night stalwart Conan O’Brien on both “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and his short-lived stint on “The Tonight Show,” drummer Max Weinberg won’t be following O’Brien to TBS, where the late talk show host is slated to debut his new show, “Conan,” on Monday, November 8.
Weinberg’s departure was by mutual agreement, and in a statement, O’Brien said, “Max has been a huge part of my life for the past 17 years, and he is an incredible band leader and musician. I hope he can find time to stop by the new show, sit in with the band, and pretend to find my monologue funny.”
Guitarist Jimmy Vivino will take over as the new bandleader. Vivino also performs regularly at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble concerts in Woodstock, including a recent performance on Saturday, September 18.
James “The Worm” Wormworth has signed on to fill the drum throne vacated by Weinberg.
Of course, leaving the Conan O’Brien show doesn’t mean that Weinberg is unemployed. He does have another gig – drumming with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
He also has another side-project – leading the 15-piece Max Weinberg Big Band, who are slated to make their Nippertown concert debut at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday, October 15. Tix are $45.