The person who will take over band-leading chores from Max Weinberg when Conan O’Brien’s new show debuts on TBS in November has been chosen, reports the St. Louis Riverfront Times.
It will be Jimmy Vivino, who had been part of Weinberg’s long-time band on Conan’s NBC show. Vivino is a guitarist and keyboard player the article says. He also arranged many of the numbers the Weinberg band played on Conan’s show.
In an interview with the St. Louis newspaper Vivino says, ""I’ll be leading the band, and James Wormworth will be playing drums now. He played half of ‘The Tonight Shows’ and a good quarter of the ‘Late Night’ shows," Vivino says.
Weinberg had been with O’Brien since O’Brien started at NBC in 1993. Weinberg was also able to continue his chores as the primary drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
As previously reported, Weinberg was not part of the band that accompanied O’Brein during his summer comedy tour, and was not expected to continue with O’Brien when the comic signed his deal wth TBS.