Mighty Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen, inducted into the NJ Hall of Fame
The New Jersey Hall of Fame welcomes a new member Mighty.
E Street Band drummer and TV star Mighty Max Weinberg is among the next class of 2022 inductees, the venue announced. Other inductees include former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and comedian Chelsea Handler.
The induction ceremony will be virtual and broadcast in late October on My9NJ, NJ PBS, radio and social media platforms. The previous two induction ceremonies were also virtual due to COVID.
The venue is set to move to the American Dream retail and entertainment center at Meadowlands in East Rutherford.
Weinberg, 71, was born in Newark and raised in South Orange. He was inspired by drums when he saw Elvis Presley and his drummer DJ Fontana perform “Hound Dog” on TV.
“I heard that, and when I saw how it got everyone’s attention, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted everyone’s attention,” Weinberg told students at Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park in 2017. “Drums and music in general were a way to connect with the world. It opened up the world to me. All the dreams I had as a kid of being connected and not being weird and people enjoying what I do through music, they came true. You think about it and it’s almost hard to believe.
Weinberg, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, joined the Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band in 1974 after an open audition. He became the staple of the band, combining explosive ferocity with an expert touch of style and finesse. He also became a TV star on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” He currently has a recurring role as Mario Vangelis on the CBS crime drama “Blue Bloods.”
He and his wife, Becky, have two children, Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg and “PBS Newshour” reporter Ali Rogin.
“New Jersey is never short of heroes and role models for generations to come,” NJHOF president Jon F. Hanson said in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate the lives and contributions of these notable New Jersey luminaries statewide at our terminals and Parkway service areas, and next year at our Entertainment and Learning Center. to American Dream.”
Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band have already been inducted. The E Street Band, which is scheduled to tour with Springsteen next year, is part of the venue’s Class of 2012, but they were never officially inducted.
After:Mighty Max visits the Lakehouse in Asbury Park
The New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2022 is:
Ron Jaworski, Voorhees, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and National Football League analyst**
Heather O’Reilly, East Brunswick, professional soccer player and three-time Olympic medalist
Chelsea Handler, Livingston, award-winning comedian, television host, best-selling author and lawyer
Max Weinberg, Newark, drummer and television personality
Ralph Izzo, Cranbury, businessman and former nuclear physicist
Dr Roy Vagelos, Westfield, physician and business leader
The Unanue Family, Alpine, Ridgefield Park, Founders of Goya Foods
Governor Richard J. Hughes, Canton of Florence, lawyer, politician and judge*
Dorothea Dix, Trenton, nurse and mental health advocate*
Arts & Letters
Margaret Bourke-White, Bound Brook, photographer*
Walter Dean Myers, Jersey City, author of children’s books and young adult literature*
* Be honored posthumously. ** Former inductee, but officially inducted this year.
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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers music and entertainment for USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Max Weinberg is part of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2022