Ween kicked off a weekend of touring on Thursday night at Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the band has mainly focused on their massive catalog of originals since re-forming last year, they did fit an impromptu Prince cover into last night’s show.
The five-piece had finished “I Play If Off Legit” towards the middle of their lengthy set when members of the band settled on the groove from Prince’s 1992 hit “Sexy MF.” Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman sang “you sexy mother fucker” and the rest of the band followed along for a brief vamp on the song including a bit of a vocal jam. Ween’s off the cuff “Sexy MF” came just hours before the first anniversary of The Purple One’s tragic passing. Watch video of what went down thanks to Monica Hampton:
Ween opened the evening with “The HIV Song” and worked a diverse set of material into their set including staples “Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down),” “Roses Are Free,” “Bananas & Blow” and “Buckingham Green.” The set featured a handful of rarities namely “Springtheme” and “Stacey.” Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo exclaimed “that’s the oldest song we play” about “Stacey” before Gener added “we wrote that song like 56 years ago.” Ween extended “Take Me Away” for nearly 10 minutes earlier in the set and also threw in a brief jam on Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” ahead of starting “I Can’t Put My Finger On It.” The concert came to a close with an encore of “The Final Alarm” and “The Mollusk.”
In other Ween news, the band’s set on Sunday at Atlanta’s SweetWater 420 Fest has been added to the webcast schedule.
Full Show Audio (Taped by Innis)
Videos (Captured by Monica Hampton)
Setlist (via BrownBase)
Set: The HIV Song, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Happy Colored Marbles, Ice Castles, The Golden Eel, The Stallion pt 3, With My Own Bare Hands, Push th’ Little Daisies, Nan, Mister Richard Smoker, Roses Are Free, I Play It Off Legit, Sexy MF, Springtheme, Take Me Away> Improv/Jam> Take Me Away, Captain Fantasy, Object, Stacey, Someday, Buckingham Green, Bananas and Blow, The Grobe, Stroker Ace, Enter Sandman (tease), I Can’t Put My Finger on It, Your Party
Encore: The Final Alarm, The Mollusk