Conan Drops Max Weinberg, Reports Al Kooper


Following news that he'd allegedly made traitorous overtures to Jay Leno about potentially leading a Kevin Eubanks–less Tonight Show band (this was back before Ricky Minor took the gig), Max Weinberg has reportedly been dropped by Conan and won't appear on his upcoming TBS show. According to a CityPages interview with legendary keyboardist Al Kooper (who plays part time in a band with Jimmy Vivino): "He’s not in that band anymore. They let him go. This is a big transition, and they’re all signing new contracts and everything so they replaced him, as far as I know. [Has the whole band been replaced?] No, not at all. That’s the only change." [CityPages via Movieline]