Ween Reunion Official: Dean & Gene To Perform Together
May 29, 2012 was an incredibly sad day for Ween fans as Rolling Stone posted an interview with Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman that effectively brought the band’s career to a halt. For over three years fans have been hoping Gener and Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo would put any issues behind them and reunite Ween.
Today, those fans get their wish.
Ween has announced a two-night stand at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado over President’s Day weekend February 12 and 13. An online ticket request period for two- day ticket passes is currently underway at Ticketstoday. The ticket request period will end Wednesday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. MT. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. MT.
A press release announcing the shows mentions “Melchiondo and Freeman promise to dig deep into the Ween catalog in Colorado to try ‘new stuff that nobody has ever heard live before.'” The pair also weighed in with Freeman stating, “I can’t wait to get on that stage and hear how happy this makes people” and Melchiondo adding, “Ween is an extension of who we are. It’s not a persona that we put on to go onstage.”
Freeman and Melchiondo formed Ween in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1984. At first, the duo performed backed by tracks played on a tape recorder but later enlisted what turned into their longtime backing band of bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboardist Glenn McClelland and drummer Claude Coleman, Jr. Dave, Glenn and Claude are all aboard for the reunion shows.
After Gener issued the statement breaking up the band, he went on to issue his first solo album, Marvelous Clouds, a tribute to singer/poet Rod McKuen. In 2014 he formed a band called FREEMAN and issued an LP under the moniker. Earlier this year he started using the “Gene Ween” name once again for a series of “Gene Ween Does Billy Joel” performances, solo band shows and an appearance with Umphrey’s McGee at the Summer Camp Music Festival.
Melchiondo formed The Dean Ween Group shortly after the breakup and for a while was backed by Dreiwitz, McClelland and Coleman as well as guitarist Scott Rednor. More recently McClelland departed the group and was replaced by Harry Waters.