Former Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg is set to take the drum throne for the funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves during their upcoming Australian tour. Weinberg steps in for Avenged Sevenfold drummer Brooks Wackerman, who is unavailable for the tour. The first confirmed date is the Bluesfest in Byron Bay on April 1st, with additional tour dates yet to be announced. Metallica bassist/vocalist Robert Trujillo will reprise his role for these performances, and Dave Kushner (ex-Velvet Revolver) will also be rejoining the lineup.
In a statement shared by Infectious Grooves on January 23rd, the band expressed their excitement for the upcoming tour and introduced Weinberg as their temporary drummer. The post read:
“Warning Number One… This Ain’t No April Fool’s joke..but you definitely won’t be laughing if you miss out on Infectious Grooves April 1st at the Byron Bay Bluesfest!
Warning Number Two… Infectious Grooves is gonna bring a super special extra Funk and Punk and everything in between edition.
Unfortunately, our brother, drummer Brooks Wackerman, was not available to do this run of shows due to Avenged Sevenfold dates.
Drummer for IG is definitely not an easy gig to fill. Starting with Stephen Perkins (Infectious Grooves) on drums, then followed with a 17-year-old Josh Freese (Foo Fighters, etc.), and then came a 14-year-old Brooks (The Teenage Drum Sensation) Wackerman, IG has always been blessed with some amazing drummers.
So Warning number Three… IG is beyond stoked and honored to be able to have the incredible Jay Weinberg to be the driving force as he beats the funk out of the drums on this run! “It’s an absolute honor to play with the legendary Infectious Grooves on this incredibly exciting Australian tour! Playing with some of my favorite musicians, in one of the most beautiful countries, for some of the greatest fans of heavy music in the world…I couldn’t be more thrilled to get started. See you all soon!” – Jay
Rounding out the band, on guitar will be a bit of reunion. Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver, etc.) played on some of the first IG album. He’ll be reuniting with IG for these dates also. Dave is a good friend and we are all looking forward to getting on stage and having a blast, and giving a big dose of the Infectious Grooves!
Warning number Five… (yes, we skipped warning number 4, we’ll save that for later, lol)… Super limited dates due to everyone’s schedule. We’d love to do a massive run of dates, but it’s not possible with everyone’s schedule. These are short notice, but we jumped at the opportunity to lock some dates in at this time. So when the rest of the dates are announced, be there or be prepared to let your friends tell you what you missed out.
Needless to say, Robert Trujillo, Mike Muir, and Dean Pleasants are beyond stoked to welcome Jay Weinberg and Dave Kushner in for this event (and a few more soon to be announced shows)!”