Since the premiere of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on September 13, 1993, music director Max Weinberg has led the Max Weinberg 7 which is widely regarded as the "best band in late night TV". Weinberg has also become a featured performer in Late Night comedy skits, including "Max's Greatest Hits," "Max on Max," "The Band Is Jealous," "Max's Poetry," and the popular send-ups of NBC's public service announcements.
In 2000, The Max Weinberg 7 released their first CD. The self-titled release features a collection of the familiar music audiences have been enjoying for years on "Late Night."
In February 1999, Weinberg took a leave of absence from "Late Night" to join Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for a historic reunion. This was their first world tour in over a decade and one of the most anticipated and celebrated concert tours of 1999/2000. The tour wrapped up on July 1, 2000 after an explosive ten-night-stand at New York's Madison Square Garden and has returned Weinberg to the helm of the Max Weinberg 7.
As the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band (1974-1989) Weinberg has performed for millions of people around the world and been featured at many prestigious events, including the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inauguration Galas, the 1995 Grammy Awards and the 1995 Gala Concert for the dedication of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where he rejoined his former group. Called "the rhythmic backbone of the E Street Band," by Robert Palmer of The New York Times, Weinberg was invited to perform in the East Room of the White House in December 1996 and served as the music director for Comic Relief 8 starring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams at Radio City Music hall in New York City.
Cited by the "Playboy"Pop and Jazz Music Poll (1985) and the "Rolling Stone" Critics Poll (1986) as Best Drummer, Weinberg has performed or recorded with some of contemporary music's biggest names including Sting, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, Natalie Merchant, Pete Townshend of the Who and Meatloaf. Weinberg's performances on the classic rock albums "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and "Bat Out of Hell" by Meatloaf earned him the distinction of having played on the first and second largest selling albums in rock history.
Weinberg is also the author of "The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Great Drummers," in which he interviewed many of his personal musical heroes, including Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. He is the producer of the Rhino Records series "Max Weinberg: Let There Be Drums" and has also performed his one-man show, "An Evening with Max Weinberg," at more than 150 colleges throughout the United States and Canada. During this multimedia presentation, Weinberg takes his audience through the ups and downs of his 25-plus year career, with a special emphasis on his "Late Night" experiences.
Max Weinberg Won't Join 'Conan' As a Result of Heart Surgery, Report Says
Conan O’Brien’s long-time band leader Max Weinberg says the reason he won’t take place in the new TBS show “Conan” is because a “massively invasive open-heart surgery.”
Weinberg told FanCast that the surgery took place just weeks after O’Brien’s gig as the host of “The Tonight Show” wrapped. “On Feb. 8, I came to the end of a 26-year watchful, waiting odyssey that culminated in 12 hours of massively invasive open-heart surgery.” Weinberg learned that the condition was “life-threatening” just two years ago, and decided to go for the surgery after “The Tonight Show” was canceled. Weinberg said he won’t return to en “episodic show” again, especially on a different coast from his family, who live on the east coast. “I did my time. I loved it. It was great. Frankly, I do prefer living in New Jersey and that was one of the problems I had.” For now, Weinberg has returned to his roots touring with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.