March 20, 2009 at 10:45 PM EDT

Just before Steve Van Zandt took the stage for a 75-minute speech today at SXSW about the state of the music industry (today’s music is “sucking major moose c—,” he said at one point, to much applause. “Nobody’s buying records? No s—. They suck!”), news broke that Max Weinberg’s son, Jay, will be filling in on drums for any dates on the upcoming Springsteen tour that conflict with Max’s gig on Conan O’Brien’s new show. Afterward, we grabbed Van Zandt, who is hosting two showcases at SXSW today, for a little more info. “I’ve been avoiding this question for weeks!” he says. “Thank God they finally announced it. We already did three days of rehearsals. Jay’s a fantastic drummer. It’s in the Weinberg DNA. Although it’s gonna be tricky. No matter how much work he does, Max has an ability that no one has, which is the ability to read Bruce’s mind. That’s become a requirement over 30 years. So I’m sure there will be some slight adjustments as far as that goes. Bruce may have to actually tell him what song we’re about to play, you know what I mean? [Laughs] Those little things. But other than that, it’s gonna be great.”

But will the E Street Band still rock with a different Weinberg behind the kit? Or will you miss Max while he’s on Conan? Share your thoughts below.

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