Happy Birthday Gene Ween: Gene Ween Band Plays Asbury Park In 2008
On this date in 1970 guitarist/vocalist Aaron Freeman was born. Freeman is best known for his Gene Ween persona as a founding member of seminal rock band Ween. Gener, Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland and Claude Coleman, Jr. reunited the band for a series of 2016 shows after Gener broke up Ween in 2012 and the five-piece has plenty of gigs on the horizon.
Gener and Deaner formed Ween in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania back in 1984. Ween has released nine official studio albums with the most recent, La Cucaracha, issued in 2007. The band played hundreds of concerts across the world between their formation and New Year’s Eve 2011-2012, which was their last performance ahead of the breakup. Aaron followed the 2012 breakup with a pair of solo albums, 2012’s Marvelous Clouds and 2014’s Freeman.
In December of 2008, Freeman embarked on a short run of shows with an outfit he dubbed the Gene Ween Band. The group found Gener fronting an ensemble that featured Dreiwitz, drummer Joe Russo and guitarist Scott Metzger. Ween’s quartet played the famed Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey on December 13, 2008 and footage of the entire show is available for our viewing and listening pleasure on YouTube.
Watch video of the GWB’s December 13, 2008 show captured by Taper420:
Gene Ween Band 12/13/2008 Setlist (via BrownBase)
Set: Girl Don’t Tell Me, Ooh Va La, Blue Balloon, Baby Don’t Be Afraid, It Freaks Me Out, Mountains and Buffalo, Now Be Thankful, Sledgehammer, Stay With Me Daddy, Kite Flying Man, DC Won’t Do You No Good, Let’s Get Divorced, Mr. Sandman, Kansas City Star, Finders Keepers, Little Sisters of the Poor, Wild Ride
Encore: Hang on to Yourself, The Stallion pt 4, Thanks and Praises, I Fell in Love Today, Leaf of Fall, The Chancy Boys, Memory of a Free Festival