Basic Background Info

Birth: April 13, 1951
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Band: The E Street Band, The Max Weinberg 7, Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Genres: Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Maxwell Sachel Weinberg, a native of New Jersey, is best known as the drummer in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and the leader of the house band on Late Night with Conan OíBrien.

In 1974, Max Weinberg responded to a newspaper ad seeking a drummer with the qualifier, 'no junior Ginger Bakers.' Max Weinberg's consistent groove, and proclivity to avoid lengthy drum solos, landed him a job playing in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Max Weinberg performed with the powerful E Street Band for fifteen years until Springsteen dissolved the band in 1989.

While playingwith the E Street Band, Max Weinberg wrote a critically acclaimed book on rock drumming, The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Greatest Drummers. The book featured Max Weinberg's interviews with rock drummers and a companion CD.

After the E Street Band dismantled, Max Weinberg completed his bachelorís degree at Seton Hall University. Max Weinberg then attended the Cardozo School of Law, but withdrew before the end of the first year.

In 1993, The Max Weinberg 7 helped Conan O'Brien debut his new late night television program. Max Weinberg has led the house band since then. Occasionally, Max Weinberg performs in sketches on the show, usually as a deranged character.

When Springsteen brought the E Street Band back together in 1995 and in 1999, Max Weinberg was on board. Max Weinberg took leaves of absence from Late Night to joined Bruce on tour. Max Weinberg also joined the band for tours again in 2007 and 2008.

Max Weinberg has also performed with Johnnie Johnson, Meatloaf, and 10,000 Maniacs. The Max Weinberg 7 released a self-titled album in 2000.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1960 Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1971 Blackstone Blackstone
1975 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
1977 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf
1978 Darkness on the Edge of Town Bruce Springsteen
1978 Hearts of Stone Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
1979 You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic Ian Hunter
1979 Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1980 No Nukes Various Artists
1980 River Bruce Springsteen
1981 As Requested Around the World Bruce Springsteen
1981 Bad for Good Jim Steinman
1981 Dead Ringer Meat Loaf
1981 Dedication Gary U.S. Bonds
1982 Men Without Women Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul
1982 On the Line Gary U.S. Bonds
1983 Faster Than the Speed of Night Bonnie Tyler
1983 Midnight at the Lost and Found Meat Loaf
1984 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
1984 Emotion Barbra Streisand
1984 Greatest Hits Air Supply
1984 She Went Pop I Am Siam
1985 Rock & Roll Cowboys Bill Chinnock
1985 USA for Africa: We Are the World Various Artists
1986 John Eddie John Eddie
1986 Live/1975-85 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
1986 Secret Dreams & Forbidden Fire Bonnie Tyler
1987 Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen
1988 Chimes of Freedom Bruce Springsteen
1988 Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie Various Artists
1988 Greatest Hits Air Supply
1989 City Streets Carole King
1991 Better Days Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
1991 Made in America Ted Bird
1991 Scene of the Crime Killer Joe
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Original Soundtrack
1993 All I Want Is Everything: The Best of Southside Johnny Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
1994 Meatloaf & Friends Meat Loaf
1995 Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen
1995 Johnnie Be Back Johnnie Johnson
1995 Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1995 Secret Garden Bruce Springsteen
1996 Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Various Artists
1997 I Don't Want to Go Home/This Time It's for Real/Heart Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
1997 Live From 6A: Late Night With Conan O'Brien Various Artists
1997 One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen Various Artists
1998 Tracks Bruce Springsteen
1998 Very Best of Meatloaf Meat Loaf
1999 18 Tracks Bruce Springsteen
1999 Dead Ringer/Midnight at the Lost and Found/Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf
1999 Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' Various Artists
2000 Max Weinberg 7 The Max Weinberg 7
2000 Once Bitten Twice Shy Ian Hunter
2001 Bat out of Hell Meat Loaf
2001 Live in New York City Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
2002 Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Bruce Springsteen
2002 Live in New York City Bruce Springsteen
2002 Nebraska/Tunnel of Love/The Ghost of Tom Joad Bruce Springsteen
2002 Rising Bruce Springsteen
2002 Shocka Zooloo T.M. Stevens
2003 Essential Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen
2004 Dedication/On the Line Gary "U.S." Bonds
2004 Faster Than the Speed of Night/Secret Dreams & Forbid Bonnie Tyler
2004 Live Collection Bruce Springsteen
2004 Waitin' on a Sunny Day Bruce Springsteen
2005 Collection: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Bruce Springsteen
2005 Men Without Women/Voice of America Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
2006 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf
2006 Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
2007 Dedication/On the Line Gary "U.S." Bonds
2007 Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen
2007 John Eddie John Eddie
2007 Magic Bruce Springsteen
2008 Jewish Songbook: The Heart & Humor of a People Various Artists
2008 Greatest Hits Meat Loaf
2008 Greatest Hits Bonnie Taylor
2008 Collections Meat Loaf
2008 Bat out of Hell/Hits out of Hell Meat Loaf
2008 Asbury Park Then and Now Stormin' Norman
2009 Working on a Dream Bruce Springsteen
2009 The Fever DVD Southside Johnny
2009 Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen
2010 The Collection 1973-84 Bruce Springsteen
2010 The Promise Bruce Springsteen
2011 The Essential Meat Loaf Meat Loaf
2012 Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen
2013 12/12/12: The Concert for Sandy Relief Various Artists
2014 Wild Heart Mindi Abair
2014 High Hopes Bruce Springsteen


  • During a skit when Conan O'Brien hosted Saturday Night Live in 2001, Conan discovered Max having sex with a woman on his desk. Max's wife Becky played the role of the woman.
  • Max performed Night Train with President Bill Clinton at Clinton's Inaugural Ball in 1992.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop

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