Jay Weinberg is gearing up for a sensational comeback, taking the drummer’s seat for Infectious Grooves at the renowned Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia on April 1. It’s a significant moment, as it’s his first major gig since his departure from Slipknot last November.
Suicidal Tendencies spilled the beans on Instagram, teasing fans with a message that read, “Heads up…This is no April Fool’s prank! Missing Infectious Grooves’ show on April 1st at the Byron Bay Bluesfest is not an option. Get ready for an explosive mix of funk, punk, and everything in between!”
The festival, coinciding with the Easter weekend, boasts a stellar lineup. Infectious Grooves will feature the vocal prowess of Mike Muir from Suicidal Tendencies, the bass grooves of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, and the guitar riffs of Dean Pleasants and Dave Kushner from Velvet Revolver.
The band lamented the absence of their regular drummer, Brooks Wakerman, due to his commitments with Avenged Sevenfold. They reflected on their history of remarkable drummers, from Stephen Perkins to the teenage sensations Josh Freese and Brooks Wakerman, emphasizing the challenge of filling this role.
The big reveal was Jay Weinberg stepping in as the powerhouse behind the drums for this tour, a move that had the band and fans alike buzzing with excitement.
Expressing his excitement, Weinberg took to social media, stating, “Joining the iconic Infectious Grooves for an electrifying performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest is a dream come true. I can’t wait to share this experience with all the hardcore music enthusiasts in Australia!”
The band also welcomed back Dave Kushner, an early contributor to Infectious Grooves, creating a sense of nostalgia and anticipation for their onstage reunion.
While fans yearned for an extensive tour, the band cited the packed schedules of the members as a limitation, urging fans to seize the opportunity to catch these exclusive performances.
In closing, the announcement radiated excitement as the band looked forward to having Weinberg and Kushner infuse new energy into their upcoming shows.
This appearance marks Weinberg’s prominent return to live performances following a surprise act with The Bouncing Souls in Tennessee last month, post his recovery from a torn labrum. While he’s set to rock the stage with Infectious Grooves, it remains to be seen if this collaboration will pave the way for more joint ventures.