Ween Performs At Philadelphia’s Electric Factory In 2000

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As Ween prepares to follow up their Halloween run at Denver’s Mission Ballroom with shows in Boston and The Met in Philadelphia this weekend, JamBase takes a look at a memorable Ween show from Philly in 2000 for this edition of Full Show Friday.

On May 27 of that year, Ween would take the stage at the City Of Brotherly Love’s Electric Factory, now the Franklin Music Hall. Perhaps the most notable thing about the show is that it is bookended by two covers, as just one cover in a Ween show is a somewhat rare treat. Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween), (Dean Ween) and company kick off the show with a rendition of the Neil Young-penned Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young protest song “Ohio.” “Take Me Away” would be the first Ween original of the set.

Ween then proceeded through a fairly typical set chock full of their own stellar songs (save for an appropriate tease of Neil Young’s “Old Man”) including favorites like “Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy),” “Even If You Don’t” (from the band’s just-released album at the time, White Pepper), “The Mollusk” (the title track from their album previous at the time), “Voodoo Lady” (with Deaner on talkbox), “Bananas And Blow,” “El Camino,” and “Roses Are Free” to wrap up the first half of the set.

The rest of the band — consisting of bassist Dave Dreiwitz, drummer Claude Coleman Jr. and keyboardist — would leave Gene and Dean alone onstage for “Little Birdy” and return for a raucous section of “Waivin’ My Dick In The Wind,” “You Fucked Up,” “Dr. Rock” and “Awesome Sound.” Sing-alongs “Piss Up A Rope,” “Booze Me Up And Get Me High” and “Baby Bitch” came next, fittingly ahead of an acoustic “Birthday Boy” (which is a referenced in “Baby Bitch”). Ween would continue with beloved tunes “Mister Richard Smoker” and “Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony” followed by “Fat Lenny,” “Ocean Man,” and “Tick.” After a rollicking “Stroker Ace,” Ween closed out the set with the western ballad “Buenos Tardes Amigo.”

Ween reemerged for a five-song encore that kicked off with “Ice Castles” followed by “The Stallion, Part 3″ (the only piece of the equestrian suite that night). Up next were “Buckingham Green” and “Homo Rainbow” before closing out the evening with the second cover of the night, Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher.” Check out multi-cam footage of the entire show via w fedder below:

Setlist

Ween at Electric Factory

  • Ohio  
  • Take Me Away
  • Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)
  • Even If You Don't
  • The Golden Eel
  • Sorry Charlie
  • The Mollusk
  • Voodoo Lady
  • Back to Basom
  • Bananas and Blow
  • El Camino
  • Roses Are Free
  • Little Birdy
  • Wavin' My Dick in the Wind
  • You Fucked Up
  • Dr. Rock
  • Awesome Sound
  • Piss Up a Rope
  • Booze Me Up and Get Me High
  • Baby Bitch
  • Birthday Boy
  • Pandy Fackler
  • Mister Richard Smoker
  • Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony?
  • Fat Lenny
  • Ocean Man
  • Tick
  • Stroker Ace
  • Buenas Tardes Amigo
Encore
  • Ice Castles
  • The Stallion, Part 3
  • Buckingham Green
  • Homo Rainbow
  • Hot for Teacher