Jay Weinberg’s E Street Address

He’s been practicing for months, filling in for his pop on a few songs during stops on Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s North American tour. Last Thursday, 18-year-old Jay Weinberg set the beat from beginning to end in the place it matters most – New Jersey.

The younger Weinberg will replace dad, otherwise known to Springsteen fans as “Mighty Max,” on the band’s Euro outing while the older drummer takes his place as head of the Conan O’Brien’s house band – The Max Weinberg 7 – when the late-night show host takes over Jay Leno’s time slot in June.

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From left to right – Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Jay Weinberg.

Since Springsteen reunited E Street in 1999, O’Brien has given Weinberg time off whenever The Boss and the band hit the road. However, an earlier time slot – 11:30 pm – and a new location – Los Angeles – meant O’Brien wanted a full house when he replaces Leno as host of “The Tonight Show,” thus necessitating the son replacing the father.

How did the son do?

Thursday night’s show at the Izod Center in E. Rutherford, N.J., was the first full-length New Jersey concert Weinberg played with E Street, having drummed the entire night on the band’s May 14 Albany appearance. The Asbury Park Press described Weinberg as having “the energy of a teenager and the chops of a seasoned pro.”

In addition to playing the Izod show from start-to-finish, the younger Weinberg said the venue had sentimental meaning for him.

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“I really kind of grew up in that building,” he said. “From when I was 9 years old, I started following the New Jersey Devils, and we had season tickets until I was about 13, so that was four years of me going into that building almost every night.

“Plus, there’s all the sold-out shows that the E Street Band has had there, and one of my favorite bands, Slipknot, was there in 2001, when I had just turned 11, and I met them there. I went to see them with my dad, and it totally changed my life.”

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