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

Monday, October 18, 2010 1:33 PM PT

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!"


10/18/2010 1:34:26 PM
First who fcking cares

10/18/2010 1:38:08 PM
first fuhgettaboutit

10/18/2010 1:39:10 PM
balls mustov been reel mad

10/18/2010 1:42:00 PM
So the band is full of douchebags? Big surprise.

10/18/2010 1:42:01 PM
i want to hear max weinbergs side of the story now

10/18/2010 1:43:16 PM
If you like Madball, you're trying too hard.

10/18/2010 1:51:26 PM
"first fuhgettaboutit" ... LOL

10/18/2010 1:55:15 PM
three weeks until conan's back! strummerflip on this garbage news

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

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.

10/18/2010 2:20:38 PM
I wonder how long it will be before this guy gets "dealt with"....?

10/18/2010 2:31:41 PM
hmm I guess raping women rubs some people the wrong way.. who knew?

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"

10/18/2010 2:34:30 PM
nanny nanny boo boo...im a fcking last word gay, who cares.

10/18/2010 2:43:31 PM
Madball fcking sucks.

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...

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.

10/18/2010 2:54:00 PM
What this say's is he wasn't douchey enough to be in the band.

10/18/2010 3:18:20 PM
Chad Gilbert is not happy about this.

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

10/18/2010 4:47:50 PM
freddy's going to duct tape hit nuts to his ankles for that shit talk.

10/18/2010 4:48:30 PM
I'm more interested in Papa Weinbergs on TBS.

10/18/2010 5:34:05 PM
Look at that vocabulary

10/18/2010 5:39:24 PM
Triumph the insult comic dog is pissed

10/18/2010 5:39:36 PM
madballs smokes meth and gets violent

10/18/2010 6:25:26 PM
this is a great story.....for me to poop on!!!

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

10/18/2010 7:09:44 PM
xfathersgunx 10/18/2010 6:29:36 PM Ex-Madball drummer Weinberg: "Farted? I queefed!" fckin LOL

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.

10/18/2010 7:14:24 PM
^^^ madposting.

10/18/2010 7:19:27 PM
Lambgoat= TMZ for gay bands

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

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.

10/18/2010 8:36:16 PM
can't argue with Madball.

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.

10/18/2010 10:19:57 PM

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10/18/2010 11:16:42 PM
Whread muy phax Mcfwhuy! Yhuor fwired!!

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.

10/19/2010 12:00:46 AM
There are a lot of gays posting here. I just hope none of it got on me.

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

10/19/2010 1:41:14 AM
madball is tuff, posi respect thug life

10/19/2010 2:49:01 AM
So many hyphens..

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.

10/19/2010 9:42:35 AM
Impending Doom doesnt even know who Madball is.

10/19/2010 11:56:43 AM
joechops 10/18/2010 3:28:09 PM more like meatball

10/19/2010 9:38:39 PM
"in the press" LOL

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.

10/20/2010 1:00:17 AM

10/20/2010 8:07:52 AM
bruce springsteen is stoked

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?

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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.