The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Ween concert on Friday night. The second of two Windy City shows featured a fitting opener, a few acoustic tunes and some rarities thrown in as well.
The festivities got underway with an apt performance of “The Blarney Stone” which had not held the opener slot at any previous Ween shows. The set also included takes on classics such as “Push th’ Little Daisies,” “You Fucked Up” and a lengthy “Never Squeal.” Co-founders Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo and Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman played acoustic guitars for a mid-set sequence of “Chocolate Town,” Tried and True” and the rarity “Kim Smoltz.”
An electric “Stroker Ace” came next and a few songs later Ween busted out “Mango Woman” for just its third live performance. “I’ll Be Your Jonny on the Spot” and “Polka Dot Tail” were among the selections rounding out the rest of the set. Deaner, Gener, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboardist Glenn McClelland and drummer Claude Coleman Jr. emerged for the encore wearing Chicago Cubs baseball jerseys emblazoned with their names and the number 17 and offered up “Mister Richard Smoker, “Japanese Cowboy” and “Tender Situation” to round out the night.
Check out audience-shot videos from Friday in Chicago below:
Ween at Aragon Ballroom
- The Blarney Stone
- Pork Roll Egg and Cheese
- Push th' Little Daisies
- Happy Colored Marbles
- She Wanted to Leave
- You Fucked Up
- Never Squeal
- Homo Rainbow
- Captain Fantasy
- Chocolate Town
- Tried and True
- Kim Smoltz
- Stroker Ace
- Dr. Rock
- The Argus
- The Stallion, Part 3
- Mango Woman
- Papa Zit
- I'll Be Your Jonny on the Spot
- Polka Dot Tail
- Mister Richard Smoker
- Japanese Cowboy
- Tender Situation
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