Ween Jams On Prince Cover At The Met Philly

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Ween played a hometown show of sorts at The Met in Philadelphia on Saturday night as Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) and (Dean Ween) grew up in nearby New Hope, Pennsylvania. Ween would also return to their musical roots with a cover of a Prince classic three-quarters of the way through the set for their last show of 2019.

But New Hope being on the border with New Jersey, Dean and Gene were also influenced by Jersey culture and kicked things off with a song inspired by a New Jersey culinary classic, “Pork Roll Egg And Cheese.” The song appears on Ween’s second album — 1991’s The Pod — but made its first live appearance in Hilversum, Netherlands in 1990 when Gene and Dean headed to Europe early on in their career. The beginning of the set also contained classics like “Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down),” “Happy Colored Marbles,” “Bananas And Blow” and “Transdermal Celebration.”

“Learnin’ To Love” got another round of favorites underway including “Exactly Where I’m At,” “Flutes of the Chi,” “A Tear For Eddie,” “Roses Are Free” and “The Argus.” After “Gabrielle” and “Stroker Ace,” Ween would inevitably turn to their ode to Philadelphia, “Freedom Of ‘76.” The song appears on the Ween’s 1994 album Chocolate And Cheese. The band — including bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboardist Glenn McClelland and drummer Claude Coleman Jr. — would play nearly 7 tracks from the beloved record including the next one, “Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?”

The Prince cover would also come with a Chocolate And Cheese classic. After “Ill Be Your Johnny On The Spot,” the band launched into “Voodoo Lady” then — with The Met soaked in purple light — headed into Prince’s “Kiss” before returning to “Voodoo Lady,” the only real segue of the night. Ween had not played “Kiss” since November 3, 2017 during their two-night post-Halloween run at Stubbs in Austin, Texas. Both Freeman and Melchiondo are huge Prince fans but Deaner is in particular. “He was my John Lennon,” Deaner told Rolling Stone in 2016 shortly after The Purple One passed.

Ween would close out the set with two crowd-pleasers in “The Mollusk” and “Your Party.” They retook the stage for a five-song encore: the rocker “Big Jilm,” the sea shanty “She Wanted to Leave,” the poignant “Birthday Boy,” the psychedelic “What Deaner Was Talkin’ About” and the GodWeenSatan silliness of “I Gots a Weasel” to close out the evening. Check out audience-shot video of “I’ll Be Your Johnny On The Spot, “Voodoo Lady, “Kiss” and more via kembra allen below:

I’ll Be Your Johnny On The Spot, Voodoo Lady > Kiss

Freedom Of ’76

Your Party

Big Jilm

Birthday Boy

The Mollusk

What Deaner Was Talkin’ About

Setlist via Brownbase:

Set One: Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Happy Colored Marbles, Bananas and Blow, Transdermal Celebration, Tick, Seconds, Object, The Goin’ Gets Tough From the Getgo, Learnin’ to Love, Exactly Where I’m At, Flutes of the Chi, A Tear For Eddie, Roses Are Free, The Argus, The Stallion pt 3, Push th’ Little Daisies, Buckingham Green, Tried and True, Touch My Tooter, Gabrielle, Stroker Ace, Freedom of ’76, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, Ocean Man, I’ll Be Your Jonny on the Spot, Voodoo Lady> Kiss> Voodoo Lady, The Mollusk, Your Party

Encore: Big Jilm, She Wanted to Leave, Birthday Boy, What Deaner Was Talkin’ About, I Gots a Weasel