Monday, September 27, 2010

The Weinberg-Springsteen Rule

With drummer Max Weinberg's announcement today that he will not be joining Conan O'Brien's new talk show as bandleader, Bob Tarantino of Heenan Blaikie's Entertainment and Media Law Signal recalls this gem from a 2009 Rollling Stone article:
About 10 years ago, a well-known actress on an NBC sitcom (Weinberg doesn’t reveal her name) requested a sabbatical from the series to make a movie. NBC said no. Her agent pointed out that Weinberg was allowed to go off [from the NBC show Late Night with Conan O'Brien] for six months at a time to play with Springsteen. “The NBC lawyer thought for a second, then said, ‘The next time Bruce Springsteen asks your client to play drums with him, she can do that.’ ” Weinberg grins, noting that in the NBC legal department, “it is known as the Weinberg-Springsteen Rule.”
Wise's corollary: The drummer may beat for many, but there shall be only one Boss.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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