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New Hope, Pennsylvania-birthed rockers Ween will return to The Capitol Theatre later this year.
This week’s Sunday Cinema features footage from Ween and The Shit Creek Boys’ 1996 Fall Tour opener in support of ’12 Golden Country Greats.’
Ween unearthed their cover of a Metallica classic, while Gene and Dean went it alone during their encore on Saturday night in Oregon.
Watch Ween debut “The Rift” during their Friday night show at the McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater.
New Hope, Pennsylvania-birthed rockers Ween will be joined by The Shit Creek Boys for a pair of special performances in October.
Rockers Ween recently concluded a July Tour at Waterfront Park in Burlington. JamBase contributor Kelley Lauginiger shares her take on the concert.
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Latest Ween Setlist
Ween at McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor
- Captain Fantasy
- She Fucks Me
- The Grobe
- Boys Club
- Voodoo Lady
- My Own Bare Hands
- The Stallion, Part 3
- It's Gonna Be a Long Night
- Puerto Rican Power
- Licking the Palm for Guava
- Mushroom Festival in Hell
- Ice Castles
- A Tear for Eddie
- Pandy Fackler
- Roses Are Free
- Tried and True
- I Don't Want It
- Enter Sandman
- You Fucked Up
- Kim Smoltz
- Demon Sweat
- The Mollusk
- Squelch the Weasel
- Puffy Cloud
- Birthday Boy
Ween is a rock duo formed in 1984 in New Hope, Pennsylvania when Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman met in a junior high school typing class. They christened themselves with the pseudonyms Dean Ween and Gene Ween respectively, drawing on such punk surname collectives as the Ramones. Thousands of home recordings later, Ween created its own self-contained universe and collected a large underground fanbase. Supposedly the two were visited by a God/Demon named Boognish who directed them to start a rock band.
Their earliest home recordings were anarchic and free-spirited, drawing on influences as far-reaching as the Beatles, Prince, Butthole Surfers, The Residents and the lo-fi punk movement. They self-released 4 cassettes in the late eighties; The Crucial Squeegie Lip, Axis: Bold As Boognish, The Live Brain Wedgie/WAD, and Prime 5. Around this time, Gene also released his own tape, Synthetic Socks, which featured Dean on a few songs. Ween, often compared in their early years to other offbeat artists such as Frank Zappa and They Might Be Giants, would always eschew such comparisons.
Various outside collaborations have also ensued over the years. Dean is a member of the heavy metal side project Moistboyz, and the noise rock group Z-Rock Hawaii is made up of members of Ween and Boredoms. Ween has composed pieces for The X-Files Soundtrack, Schoolhouse Rock Rocks!, Beautiful Girls Soundtrack, Road Trip Soundtrack, Chef Aid, SpongeBob SquarePants, and the Grounded for Life TV theme. They have also worked with Rob Vaughn and Queens of the Stone Age. They also guest starred as puppets on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers where they gave audiences a preview of their song “Fancypants”.
Dean Ween has been a significant contributer to Queens of the Stone Age and his friend, Joshua Homme’s (of QOTSA) side project Desert Sessions. On QOTSA’s most critically acclaimed album “Songs for the Deaf”, Dean Ween played guitar on Mosquito Song, Do It Again, and Six Shooter.
The latest episode of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ starts with “The Rundown” and continues with “Reelin’ In The Years” featuring Vince Herman and Nicki Bluhm providing “Tour Stories.”
Jam titans The String Cheese Incident will begin a celebration of their 25th anniversary with a home state New Year’s Run.
HeadCount organized a tour with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and other artists to promote voter participation.
Guitarist Dickey Betts will soon undergo brain surgery after suffering a freak accident at his Florida home.
Tedeschi Trucks Band will head overseas for shows in Europe next April.