Have you ever listened to “Born in the U.S.A”? Really listened? Iconic or not, the percussion lacks creativity the way a blind person lacks sight. And while it’d be easy enough to blame Bruce Springsteen—dude’s made his fair share of questionable decisions; I’m looking at you, Patty Scialfa—the fault here lies with “Mighty” Max Weinberg, who is, at best, a mediocre musician by his own admittance. “Born to Run” was recorded by the E Street Band before Weinberg responded to Springsteen’s Village Voice ad and Weinberg has confessed that no matter how hard he tries, he still can’t figure out how to do it the way his predecessor, Ernest Carter, did. Also, Weinberg is nine years younger than the oldest member of the E Street Band and the only one who has to have his kid sub in halfway through live shows. (Don’t tell me you believe the BS about “practicing” to fill-in when Weinberg went back to Conan.) Not so mighty now, are ya, Max?
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PW's Music Issue 2014