New York hardcore legends MADBALL have parted ways with drummer Jay Weinberg, the 20-year-old son of Max Weinberg (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND).

Commented MADBALL frontman Freddy Cricien: "I'm letting Jay go [mid-tour] in Canada because I just feel he doesn't represent this band well on a character level. It would go against my own code of ethics to keep him around. Not saying he's a bad drummer. I won't take that away from him. But the reality is — he has a lot to learn about paying dues, and about life in general. Granted, he is a kid, but I'm not sure that he'll ever be built for this particular lifestyle. I wish him the best of luck, but the MADBALL machine rolls on!"

MADBALL will finish out the tour with a soon-to-be-announced replacement drummer. All future band plans, including their upcoming European tour with SICK OF IT ALL, and most importantly, the release of the group's new album, "Empire", on October 12, remain unaffected and on schedule.

Remaining "Through The Noise Tour" dates:

Sep. 21 - St. Catharines, ON @ Level 3
Sep. 22 - London, ON @ Music Hall
Sep. 23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Sep. 24 - Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
Sep. 25 - Montreal, QC @ Le Studio
Sep. 26 - Jonquiere, QC @ Le Bunker
Sep. 27 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert

"Empire" was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan, who has previously worked with MISERY INDEX, CANNIBAL CORPSE and GOATWHORE, among many others.

The title track from "Empire" is now available for streaming on the Stereo Killer web site.

Since forming in 1988, MADBALL has been responsible for some of the most important releases in the hardcore genre, from the seminal "Ball of Destruction" EP (1989) to the landmark albums "Set It Off" (1994), "Demonstrating My Style" (1996), "Look My Way" (1998), "Hold it Down" (2000), "Legacy" (2005), and their last release, "Infiltrate the System" (2007).


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