Max Weinberg and Conan O'Brien parting ways
"He's not in that band anymore," Kooper said. "They let him go. This is a big transition, and they're all signing new contracts and everything so they replaced him, as far as I know."
When asked if the whole band was being replaced, Kooper said: "No, not at all. That's the only change. But I mean, there was a lotta conflict because of Springsteen. So now he can play with Springsteen whenever he wants."
Mason was unable to confirm Weinberg's departure with other sources, but he notes that he has not been with the band during O'Brien's recent standup appearances, and has started his own project, The Max Weinberg Big Band. There are also rumors that Weinberg has approached Jay Leno about taking over the current Tonight Show band when Kevin Eubanks leaves, though this update from MovieLine squashes that idea.
Read the entire interview with Al Kooper here.