New Hope rockers Ween closed out their 2017 touring schedule with the second of two nights at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas. The five-piece act, who have dug deep into their catalog over the course the 34 shows played this year, which began with a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl’s Vegas outpost back in mid-February, arguably saved their biggest surprise for last as they welcomed a pair of guests and treated the sold out crowd to an ultra-rare take on the “Stallion Suite.”
Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo, Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboardist Glenn McClelland and drummer Claude Coleman Jr. kicked-off their 30-song main set with “Strap On That Jammy Pac,” from their 1991 album The Pod. “Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese” followed with the band working in a cover of Prince’s “Kiss” in the middle of “Voodoo Lady.” A string of fan favorites followed with “Roses Are Free,” “What Deaner Was Talkin’ About” and “Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down).” The band next welcomed Sarah Jones to the stage to sing lead vocals on “Freedom Of ’76,” marking the second time she’s assisted on the Chocolate and Cheese track, with the last time taking place at the very same venue back in August of 2010.
After a run through on long-time tour staple “Take Me Away,” Ween kicked in to “The Stallion Pt. 1,” and over the course of the next twenty minutes continued to string together all five parts of the what has come to be known as the “Stallion Suite.” Comprised of five tunes, three from a pair of studio albums “Stallion Pt. 1” and “Stallion Pt. 2” from The Pod and “Stallion Pt. 3” from Pure Guava, with the unreleased “Stallion Pt. 4” only appearing on All Request Live, and “Stallion Pt. 5” coming from the semi-official MP3-only album Craters of the Sac. Last night marked the first time Ween played the complete five part “Stallion Suite” in front of a live audience at a single show. The only other time the band had attempted it was for their aforementioned live release All Request Live back in 2003 when Ween forum members got to vote on which songs they wanted to hear as part of a web radio broadcast.
The band still had another kick up their sleeve as they next invited out Fishbone’s Angelo Moore to join them on a take on “Your Party,” from 2007’s La Cucaracha. Ween filled out the rest of their set with a mix of heavy-hitters – “Bananas and Blow,” “Piss Up A Rope,” “Mister Would You Please Help My Pony” and “Waving My Dick In The Wind” with a handful of deep cuts including “You Were A Fool,” “I Gots A Weasel,” “Japanese Cowboy,” “Put The Coke On My Dick” and a cover of “The Enabler” from Dreiwitz’s former side-project Instant Death.
Ween closed out their 2017 with a trio of rarely played tunes, kicking things off “Polka Dot Tail,” which was played for just the 32nd time. “Homo Rainbow” and Shinola, Vol. 1 track “Someday,” which have both been played less than 100 times, brought the evening to an end.
Watch Ween play the entire “Stallion Suite” and more captured by monihampton and check out the full setlist below:
Setlist (via Brownbase)
Strap on That Jammy Pac, Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, Voodoo Lady> Kiss> Voodoo Lady, Roses Are Free, What Deaner Was Talkin’ About, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Freedom of ’76, I’m in the Mood to Move, Take Me Away, The Stallion pt 1, The Stallion pt 2, The Stallion pt 3, The Stallion pt 4, The Stallion pt 5, Your Party, Bananas and Blow, Awesome Sound, You Were the Fool, Piss Up a Rope, I Gots a Weasel, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, Waving My Dick in the Wind, Japanese Cowboy, Zoloft> Poopship Destroyer, Tender Situation, Put the Coke on My Dick, The Enabler
Encore: Polka Dot Tail, Homo Rainbow, Someday
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