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I’m so sad. Conan let Max Weinberg go. In an interview, music legend Al Kooper said that they let Max go because of contracts, and the transition…
From the interview:
CP: Max? What happened there?
Kooper: They let him go. This is a big transition, and they’re all signing new contracts and everything so they replaced him, as far as I know.
CP: Is the band gone as a whole?
Kooper: No, not at all. That’s the only change. But I mean, there was a lotta conflict because of Springsteen. So now he can play with Springsteen whenever he wants. [Although there's no official confirmation of Weinberg's status, he has not been with the band during O'Brien's recent standup appearances, and has, in fact, started a new big band. There are also rumors that Weinberg has approached Jay Leno about taking over the current Tonight Show band when Kevin Eubanks leaves].
I’m so sad!!! Max was such a BIG part of Conan’s show, it’s nuts that he’s gone! I hope this is all rumor, because it would be a big shame to see Max go to the dark side, aka, Jay Leno.