Talk-Show Style Format Presents Exciting Opportunity to Talk Music History with Bruce Springsteen's Long-Time Drummer
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Doors Open 6:30 p.m., Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown, N.J.
During the talk-show style question and answer session, the event moderator Tom Cunningham, host of the Bruce Brunch, which airs on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on 105.7 The Hawk Classic Rock Radio, will engage the audience in lively conversation with Weinberg and show rare video footage from his star-studded career.
Weinberg's credo is "Show up, do a good job, and give the people more than their money’s worth!” The Middletown Arts Center is thrilled to have the unique opportunity to host this up-close-and-personal evening with Max Weinberg to benefit the arts in Middletown.
Max Weinberg is currently touring world-wide with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and looks forward to talking to audience members about his career, past and present. Referred to by Robert Palmer of The New York Times as “the rhythmic backbone of The E Street Band," Weinberg performed on the classic album, Born In The USA, which put the drummer and the rest of his E Street band members in the record books as having the biggest selling rock album in history. Citing his work through the years with Bruce and The E Street Band as, “the attainment of everything a 12-year-old drummer from the suburbs of Jersey ever dared to dream,” Max has kept himself busy for nearly four decades performing with the likes of Paul McCartney, Sting, Tom Jones, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bono of U2, Levon Helm and the Band. Of particular importance and one of Max’s biggest thrills was backing Tony Bennett on television, a venue where Mr. Bennett rarely performed without his own group.
Following the E Street band’s breakup in 1989, Max worked on several different projects , including starting his own record label and a brief attempt at law school. Ultimately, he would find great success as the musical director and band leader for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Having literally talked his way into the job following a chance meeting with O’Brien on a New York City street, Weinberg put together a top flight set of musicians to form the Max Weinberg Seven. Max was featured on “Late Night” and the "Tonight Show" not only as bandleader but also as a comic foil to O’Brien, particularly in the show’s sketches.
Weinberg has also worked as a session musician, enjoying particular success in connection with songwriter Jim Steinman. Weinberg drummed on the immensely popular Meatloaf album, Bat Out Of Hell. At one point in 1983, he was featured on the number 1 and number 2 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” and Air Supply’s “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All.” He is also the author of "The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock’s Great Drummers", a series of interviews Weinberg conducted over two years with his favorite drummers from different eras including, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, Levon Helm, and Elvis’ original, longtime drummer D.J. Fontana. The book is considered an important addition to rock literature.
Today, he's back touring with Springsteen and the E Street Band. "The mighty Max Weinberg, star of late-night television, found a place where Bernard Purdy, Buddy Rich, and Keith Moon intersected, and he made it his own. I ask and he delivers for me night after night,” said Bruce Springsteen.
About the Middletown Arts Center
The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility run by the nonprofit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council and is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities. The MAC offers enrichment programs and entertainment for all ages and abilities. Visit www.middletownarts.org for more information.