NewsOctober 18, 2010 4:33 PM ET11,503 views

Ex-Madball drummer Weinberg: "Fired? I quit!"

As you likely recall, Madball frontman Freddy Cricien issued a statement last month announcing that the band had fired drummer Jay Weinberg. Fast forward a month, and Weinberg has now come forward with his own version of events: "There has been so much noise on the internet regarding my parting ways with Madball - largely distorted - that I wanted to take the opportunity to set the record straight as I see it. Then, anyone who is interested can make up their own mind. Freddy Cricien has most recently inaccurately described my participation in the writing and recording process of Madball's latest project, 'Empire.' "Throughout the several months-long writing and rehearsing process held at Madball's Queens, New York workspace, I was fully engaged in the writing of the music for this album. As important as Freddy's lyrics would become when the music was finished, he was only present at those pre-recording sessions on two or three occasions. "The recording went well, evidenced by the final release, and I am proud of my contributions to the music - live and in the studio. "However, Freddy has grossly mischaracterized my time with the band in the press; yet I have not responded publicly to any Madball statements. Until now. "I agree that Madball will be better served by an individual more attuned to their particular lifestyle and, occasionally, a new band member will grind gears with long-time members over non-musical issues. To each his own. "But, let me be clear - while I really enjoyed playing the music, I do not subscribe to their choice of habits and lifestyle. This past August while on tour in Europe, disturbing events within the band indicated to me that it was time for me to move on. "While on tour in Canada in September, I informed Freddy, Mitts, and Hoya of my decision to leave - but not before they had found a replacement. "The very next morning came Freddy's press release and claim that he had 'released me.' "Well, that's just not the case. It is true that everyone is entitled to their own opinions - but not their own facts! "Timing is everything, and who would disagree that one cannot be fired after having quit - decisively, amicably and well in advance of Freddy's harsh and public 'spin' of the facts. "Bottom line - check out Madball's new release, 'Empire' - I'm proud of it, Madball should be proud of it, and, I believe that Madball's fans will love it!"


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blinding_light 10/18/2010 1:34:26 PM

First who fcking cares

mikeclosure 10/18/2010 1:38:08 PM

first fuhgettaboutit

hotdog_sundae_on_me 10/18/2010 1:39:10 PM

balls mustov been reel mad

thedocument 10/18/2010 1:42:00 PM

So the band is full of douchebags? Big surprise.

simon_belmonT 10/18/2010 1:42:01 PM

i want to hear max weinbergs side of the story now

xburnfacex 10/18/2010 1:43:16 PM

If you like Madball, you're trying too hard.

composed 10/18/2010 1:51:26 PM

"first fuhgettaboutit" ... LOL

strummerflip 10/18/2010 1:55:15 PM

three weeks until conan's back! strummerflip on this garbage news

jerm 10/18/2010 2:01:24 PM

so it took this fcking guy about a month to respond? he's either slow as fck or lying

LoydChristmas 10/18/2010 2:16:10 PM

"disturbing events within the band indicated to me that it was time for me to move on" <--like realizing you can't get rich playing hardcore. if you're lucky maybe you'll inherit the house band one day.

Ray_Lewis_Keith_Buckley 10/18/2010 2:20:38 PM

I wonder how long it will be before this guy gets "dealt with"....?

concreteconcrete 10/18/2010 2:31:41 PM

hmm I guess raping women rubs some people the wrong way.. who knew?

xdatx 10/18/2010 2:34:17 PM

"This past August while on tour in Europe, disturbing events within the band indicated to me that it was time for me to move on." "OH MY GOD THESE GUYS LIKE TO SMOKE MARIJUANA"

minusmyself 10/18/2010 2:34:30 PM

nanny nanny boo a fcking last word gay, who cares.

stooooopid 10/18/2010 2:43:31 PM

Madball fcking sucks.

tzaz2507 10/18/2010 2:44:11 PM

lets make wages, who thinks he'll be in the hospital or dead before the years out? im throwin down a hunnit...

truthstar 10/18/2010 2:51:08 PM

i remember freddy madball prancing around a show in a fur coat with a cigar and two gals a few years back.

poop 10/18/2010 2:54:00 PM

What this say's is he wasn't douchey enough to be in the band.

ClarkGriswald2 10/18/2010 3:18:20 PM

Chad Gilbert is not happy about this.

joechops 10/18/2010 3:28:09 PM

more like meatball

caseyfuckingjones 10/18/2010 4:47:50 PM

freddy's going to duct tape hit nuts to his ankles for that shit talk.

Manofdefeat 10/18/2010 4:48:30 PM

I'm more interested in Papa Weinbergs on TBS.

xsongsofselfx 10/18/2010 5:34:05 PM

Look at that vocabulary

DaviexDues 10/18/2010 5:39:24 PM

Triumph the insult comic dog is pissed

ugly_old_guy 10/18/2010 5:39:36 PM

madballs smokes meth and gets violent

ChesterTheMolester 10/18/2010 6:25:26 PM

this is a great story.....for me to poop on!!!

xfathersgunx 10/18/2010 6:29:36 PM

Ex-Madball drummer Weinberg: "Farted? I queefed!"

explosions_in_this_guy 10/18/2010 7:09:44 PM

xfathersgunx 10/18/2010 6:29:36 PM Ex-Madball drummer Weinberg: "Farted? I queefed!" fckin LOL

warnerve 10/18/2010 7:13:03 PM

madball. madgay. just flush your career down the toilet already. the whole thing only amounted to shit anyway.

warnerve 10/18/2010 7:14:24 PM

^^^ madposting.

xSeanHannityx 10/18/2010 7:19:27 PM

Lambgoat= TMZ for gay bands

nicerdicer 10/18/2010 7:46:30 PM

really shows his maturity by insisting on getting the last word. keep eating lunchables and drinking junior juice, the REAL men will be over there playing fcking HARDcore

BobScerboFanClub 10/18/2010 7:56:16 PM

Notice how Jay kept things amiable and "Freddy Madball" spouted off about "paying dues" and "code of ethics". "Hardcore" is a motherfcking joke comparable to Jersey Shore. Good for you Jay.

heartlesshardcore 10/18/2010 8:36:16 PM

can't argue with Madball.

rick____tocchet 10/18/2010 8:57:44 PM

madball fcking sucks anyway. band is filled with a bunch of jerks that will never grow up and move out of mommy and daddys house.

IG88 10/18/2010 10:19:57 PM


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fukuimdrunk 10/18/2010 11:16:42 PM

Whread muy phax Mcfwhuy! Yhuor fwired!!

DaveClinch 10/18/2010 11:32:32 PM

The next time Freddy sees Jay, its going to be in Freddys apartment, on TV, watching Jay play Madison Square Gardens with Bruce Spingsteen. You showed him Freddy, you fcking bum.

loki 10/19/2010 12:00:46 AM

There are a lot of gays posting here. I just hope none of it got on me.

thevenaedge 10/19/2010 12:44:05 AM

this dude could be in any band in the world, hardcore or not.. why the fck he chose madball will forever be beyond me

blankz 10/19/2010 1:41:14 AM

madball is tuff, posi respect thug life

Chris_Of_Tyrants 10/19/2010 2:49:01 AM

So many hyphens..

LADYGAGA 10/19/2010 5:23:27 AM

Wow, all my impressions of Madball being a down to earth hardcore band has been completely ruined. This band sounds like a fcking whiney bunch of bitches who cry over wetting pants. No wonder why he didn't match the 'style' of the band.

jeffgetsallthegirls 10/19/2010 9:42:35 AM

Impending Doom doesnt even know who Madball is.

hall_of_wax 10/19/2010 11:56:43 AM

joechops 10/18/2010 3:28:09 PM more like meatball

harrydunn 10/19/2010 9:38:39 PM

"in the press" LOL

tyrannosaurussex 10/20/2010 12:57:25 AM

yeah i guess hanging out with junkies can be kinda weird.... i dont know if madball and their fans can handle someone making a rational case for themselves as weinberg just did.

tyrannosaurussex 10/20/2010 1:00:17 AM


bonerjam 10/20/2010 8:07:52 AM

bruce springsteen is stoked

BobScerboFanClub 10/20/2010 3:48:48 PM

Just listened to a new Madball song... does all modern hardcore have super fruity nursery rhymes for lyrics?

imcoolyournot 10/25/2010 2:12:39 AM


imcoolyournot 10/25/2010 2:16:52 AM

In all honesty, why does anyone give 2 fcks if a band has some druggers? Especially if they're not preaching it!!! shit, if it wasnt for drugs then music would suck! I love Madball!! Keep it real. Keep it hardcore.

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