Classic Drummer Hall of Fame
Honoring Music's Most Influential Drummers
As voted by the readers of Classic Drummer Magazine
If Max Weinberg had simply spent decades as the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, his place in music’s history would have been secured as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But when The Boss dissolved the band in 1989, Max refused to let his career end, accepting a mix of choice and not so choice gigs until 1993 when he was able to audition for and land one of the highest profile gigs in show business; Late Night with Conan O’Brien. As bandleader and drummer for The Max Weinberg 7, he was to become a household name exposed an entirely new generation of fans.
When Springsteen reformed the E Street Band in 1999, Max was to truly become the hardest working drummer in show business as he shuttled back and forth between his television responsibilities and his E Street Band duties. Working his way through seven operations on his hands and wrists as a result of repetitive stress injury and tendinitis his tenacity and determination have become the stuff of drumming legend.
Publications such as this one owe a debt to Max Weinberg. His classic 1984 book The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock’s Greatest Drummers, revealed an audience for information on the careers and lives of music’s great drummers. Today his career with Bruce Springsteen continues and he participates in an array of projects that are of personal interest to him.