Ooh Va La: Ween Performing 5 Rarities Live Since 2016 Reunion

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Ween reunited on February 12, 2016 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado following a breakup that lasted just over four years. The band — consisting of Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman, Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo, Dave Dreiwitz, Claude Coleman Jr. and Glenn McClelland — have since played 90 shows through 2020 and dug deep into their repertoire many times along the way.

The recently launched JamBase Live Video Archive features over 800 videos of Ween in action. Included within are many clips filmed since the Boognish rose over the 1st Bank Center back in 2016. Take a look at videos containing five rarities the quintet played live during the first few years of their return:

Israel | February 14, 2016

Ween kicked off their reunion with three nights at the 1st Bank Center that ended with a performance on Valentine’s Day. The band’s 32-song show on February 14, 2016 in Broomfield, Colorado included the live debut of “Israel.”

“Israel” was originally released by Ween on their 2005 rarities collection, Shinola, Vol. 1. Gene Ween recited the lyrics to the song from a podium and has continued to do so for future performances of “Israel.” While three more renditions followed in 2016, Ween has only played “Israel” once — on November 4, 2018 — since.


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Kim Smoltz | August 21, 2016

While Ween hasn’t debuted any new material written since they reunited, “Israel” wasn’t the only song penned during the band’s initial run that finally was debuted live during the shows at 1st Bank Center that kicked off their return. On February 13, 2016 the quintet offered up the live debut of “Kim Smoltz,” a tune which dates back to the sessions that yielded 1997’s The Mollusk.

“Kim Smoltz” didn’t make the cut for The Mollusk but a recording from The Mollusk Sessions has long circulated amongst fans. Ween began the acoustic section of night two at the 1st Bank Cener with their first ever live performance of “Kim Smoltz.” Nine additional versions have followed through the end of 2018 including the rendition above from an August 21, 2016 concert at the Penn’s Landing Festival Pier in Philadelphia.


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Ooh Va La | November 26, 2016

Original “Ooh Va La” dates back to 2002, a year Ween performed the song seven times. The band recorded a version for their 2003 studio album Quebec that appears on The Caesar Demos, a collection of outtakes Deaner released on his Facebook page in 2011. Ween followed the 2002 live versions with two renditions in 2004 and then “Ooh Va La” disappeared from the rotation.

Thankfully, “Ooh Va La” was revived by Ween during the first show of their reunion at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado on February 12, 2016. While Ween fans had to wait 190 shows between performances of the song at Bonnaroo 2004 and at the 1st Bank Center in 2006, the next one would come just 17 concerts later in Los Angeles. Then, the five-piece gave Northeast fans a chance to see it on November 26, 2016 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York in a version that can be viewed above.

I Gots A Weasel | November 26, 2016

Ween’s November 26, 2016 concert at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York also featured a performance of rarity “I Gots A Weasel.” A studio version of the song appears on the band’s 1990 debut studio album, GodWeenSatan: The Oneness. “I Gots A Weasel” was played live just nine times between its debut on April 18, 1989 in Trenton, New Jersey and a show in Pomona, California on September 1, 2009. Ween next revived the tune at The Cap and it has since entered regular rotation.

The Stallion Pt. 2 – July 16, 2017

“The Stallion Suite” is a series of five songs written by Ween that includes “The Stallion Pt. 1” and “The Stallion Pt. 2,” both of which were released on the 1991 studio album The Pod. Additionally, “The Stallion Pt. 3” was featured on 1992’s Pure Guava while a version of “The Stallion Pt. 5” was issued as part of Craters Of The Sac in 1999. “The Stallion Pt. 2” was debuted live in concert on July 22, 2003 in Ringoes, New Jersey and then seemingly was lost to time.

However, Ween’s reunion gave the band a chance to ride “The Stallion Pt. 2” again and the quintet offered up the song as part of a show in Missoula, Montana on July 16, 2017 that can be viewed above. Then, on November 3, 2017 Ween played the entire “The Stallion Suite” in front of a disbelieving audience at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin. While “The Stallion Suite” was performed without a crowd for the livestreamed All Request Live concert, the show at Stubb’s was the first time the entire five-song collection was played in front of an audience.


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