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Max Weinberg Out for Conan O'Brien's TBS Show
Max Weinberg may not be leading the house band on "Conan's" TBS debut this November.
Jimmy Vivino, who has been the band's guitarist and keyboardist on "Late Night" and "Tonight Show," will step into his shoes, Vivino told The Riverfront Times of St. Louis.
"Now, we're staying in L.A. and I'm committed to that now," Vivino said. "It feels different than when we went out and tried to continue the New York show, because now we're disassociated from one network and starting up with a new one. It's going to be great."
Vivano says Weinberg -- who has been a member of Bruce Spingsteen's E Street Band since the 1970s -- will focus on his other gigs: "Max has his big band out there that has been his dream all his life, kind of a Buddy Rich band. And there's a kid in Jersey that works with him occasionally. A singer-songwriter! Some guy that's got some hope over there!"
Weinberg led O'Brien's house band from 1993 to 2009, and moved to Los Angeles for the short-lived stint on "The Tonight Show."
O'Brien's production company declined to comment to the New York Times, and has not yet gotten back to The Hollywood Reporter.