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E Street Drummer Ousted By Conan?

Al Kooper, who has a band that includes some members of the Max Weinberg 7, the group that served as the house band for Conan O'Brien on his own show and during his brief stint as host of the Tonight Show, says that the drummer won't be with the band when O'Brien returns to television in the fall.  Kooper, in an interview with, responded to a question about Weinberg by saying 'There's a name you can't say anymore. He's not in that band anymore.'  Kooper speculates that scheduling conflicts that resulted from Weinberg's dual roles with O'Brien and in Bruce Springsteen's band played a role in what he thinks was the comedian and TV host's decision to drop Weinberg from the band.  There has been no word from the drummer, who has always expressed great appreciation for Bruce and Conan being cool about the arrangement.  Kooper, the keyboard player with Blood Sweat & Tears and the Blues Project, also worked with Bob Dylan and was credited with getting Lynyrd Skynyrd signed with MCA Records. 


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