[UPDATED] Ween Returns To The Stage At 1st Bank Center In Colorado

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Update

  • Feb 13, 2016 • 2:00 pm PST
    We’ve added a full gallery of Jeremy Williams photos from Friday night’s show as well as additional video including the “What Deaner Was Talking About” opener to this post.

“This is Dean Ween and I’m Gene Ween” is such a simple statement, but after years of not knowing whether Ween would reunite following a 2012 breakup those few words from Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman at the beginning of last night’s show sent fans at the sold-out 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado into hysterics. Gener, Deaner, keyboardist Glenn McClelland, drummer Claude Coleman Jr. and bassist Dave Dreiwitz opened their first show since December 31, 2011 with “What Deaner Was Talking About” and its “I don’t think I will ever return again my friend” refrain. Yet return Ween did in delivering an impressive 33-song, career-spanning performance.

The band didn’t have much rust to shake off as they proceeded through a set that not only contained plenty of beloved classics, but also more rare material. Gener was in fine voice as Ween performed in front of a stage setup that included the band’s famed Boognish logo. After opening with “What Deaner Was Talking About,” “Buckingham Green,” “Beacon Light” and “Bananas And Blow,” the five-piece lit into “Japanese Cowboy” off 1996’s 12 Golden Country Greats. While Ween hadn’t performed the song since 1996 Gener played the tune at last year’s Summer Camp during his set fronting Umphrey’s McGee.

The fan-favorites kept coming throughout the night with “Spinal Meningitis,” “Roses Are Free,” “Mister Richard Smoker” and “The Goin’ Gets Tough From The Getgo” among the selections in the main set from the group’s legendary ’90s output. Last night’s show also saw a Ween debut as “How High Can You Fly?” from the 2005 rarities compilation Shinola, Vol. 1 (and earlier on the semi-official, internet only Craters Of The Sac LP) was performed live for the first time. Ween also played “Boys Club” for just the fourth time on Friday night.

After a 31-song main set, Ween returned for a “Fiesta” > “Buenas Tardes Amigo” encore. Coming into the run Deaner mentioned there would be no repeats during the three-show run in Colorado and there’s plenty of material left to be played as the Ween reunion continues on Saturday night.

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Audio (taped by Mike B.)

Videos (captured by Tara Cushing)

[Ooh Va La]

[Japanese Cowboy]

[Nan]

[Gabrielle]

[A Tear For Eddie]

[Boys Club]

[Fiesta, Buenas Tardes Amigo]

[Sorry Charlie]

[Bananas & Blow]

[Mr. Richard Smoker]

[Tick]

[Puerto Rican Power]

[Homo Rainbow]

[What Deaner Was Talking About, Buckingham Green | captured by smwdaisy]

[Roses Are Free | captured by kurtfleck]

Setlist

Ween at 1st Bank Center

  • What Deaner Was Talkin' About
  • Buckingham Green
  • Beacon Light
  • Bananas and Blow
  • Japanese Cowboy
  • Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
  • Now I'm Freaking Out
  • Roses Are Free
  • A Tear for Eddie
  • Your Party
  • How High Can You Fly
  • Nan
  • Puerto Rican Power
  • Tick
  • Wayne's Pet Youngin'
  • The Goin' Gets Tough From the Getgo
  • Mister Richard Smoker
  • Wavin' My Dick in the Wind
  • Gabrielle
  • Ooh Va La
  • Awesome Sound
  • The Stallion, Part 3
  • Big Jilm
  • Licking the Palm for Guava
  • Mushroom Festival in Hell
  • Even If You Don't
  • Sorry Charlie
  • My Own Bare Hands
  • Don't Laugh (I Love You)
  • Boys Club
  • Homo Rainbow
Encore
  • Fiesta
  • Buenas Tardes Amigo

Tour Dates for
Ween

    • Golden Gate Park
    • San Francisco, CA 94102
    • United States
    Oct
    7
    2018
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    13
    2018
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    14
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    16
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    17
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    19
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    20
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    30
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    31
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    2
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    3
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    4
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  • Dec
    14
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    15
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    16
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