As you likely recall, Madball frontman Freddy Cricien issued a statement last month announcing that the band had fired drummer Jay Weinberg. Fast forward a month, and Weinberg has now come forward with his own version of events:
"There has been so much noise on the internet regarding my parting ways with Madball - largely distorted - that I wanted to take the opportunity to set the record straight as I see it. Then, anyone who is interested can make up their own mind. Freddy Cricien has most recently inaccurately described my participation in the writing and recording process of Madball's latest project, 'Empire.'
"Throughout the several months-long writing and rehearsing process held at Madball's Queens, New York workspace, I was fully engaged in the writing of the music for this album. As important as Freddy's lyrics would become when the music was finished, he was only present at those pre-recording sessions on two or three occasions.
"The recording went well, evidenced by the final release, and I am proud of my contributions to the music - live and in the studio.
"However, Freddy has grossly mischaracterized my time with the band in the press; yet I have not responded publicly to any Madball statements. Until now.
"I agree that Madball will be better served by an individual more attuned to their particular lifestyle and, occasionally, a new band member will grind gears with long-time members over non-musical issues. To each his own.
"But, let me be clear - while I really enjoyed playing the music, I do not subscribe to their choice of habits and lifestyle. This past August while on tour in Europe, disturbing events within the band indicated to me that it was time for me to move on.
"While on tour in Canada in September, I informed Freddy, Mitts, and Hoya of my decision to leave - but not before they had found a replacement.
"The very next morning came Freddy's press release and claim that he had 'released me.'
"Well, that's just not the case. It is true that everyone is entitled to their own opinions - but not their own facts!
"Timing is everything, and who would disagree that one cannot be fired after having quit - decisively, amicably and well in advance of Freddy's harsh and public 'spin' of the facts.
"Bottom line - check out Madball's new release, 'Empire' - I'm proud of it, Madball should be proud of it, and, I believe that Madball's fans will love it!"
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