Ween Hardly Knew Ye
Bizarro stoner legends part ways after 25 years?
By percy thrillington May 30, 2012 10:14PM
Rumor has it that Ween is breaking up, but you might have heard before Dean Ween did. The long-term musical partnership appears to have run out of steam—so much so that Gene Ween broke the news to the world before he told his bandmate. Ouch.
Gene Ween has left Ween. The band's co-founder has announced his retirement from one of the most provocative roups in American alternative rock, choosing instead to focus on his solo work. "In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open," he said. "It was a good run."
For 25 years, Gene Ween – real name Aaron Freeman – has collaborated with Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) to produce some of the most varied work in modern American pop music. Ween have released 11 studio albums, six live albums, and have collaborated with Yoko Ono, Boredoms and Queens of the Stone Age. But now, Freeman told Rolling Stone magazine, it's "time to move on". "It's a door I can close finally."
Freeman will now concentrate on solo material, beginning with an album called Marvelous Clouds. Issued earlier this month, it consists of covers of tracks by 60s songwriter Rod McKuen. It is a "recovery record", he said, made following a stint in rehab. Freeman next plans to record a collection of original songs. "It's important to know that this [work] isn't a side project," he said. "I'm forging a new thing for myself."
As for Ween, it's not clear whether Melchiondo will continue making music with bandmates Glenn McClelland, Dave Dreiwitz and Claude Coleman Jr, though Freeman told Rolling Stone the band are "pretty much" finished. Lately, he has been much more busy with his fishing business, Archangel Sportfishing, in New Jersey.