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JamBase revisits covers performed in 2018 by the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, moe., Pearl Jam, Ween, Fruition, Keller Williams, Trampled By Turtles and Ryley Walker.
Ween finished up their 2018 touring schedule by closing out a two-night stand at The Capitol Theatre with a bust out and by once again honoring Spongebob Squarepants’ creator.
Ween paid tribute to SpongeBob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg by playing a tune they contributed to an episode of the show for just the second time ever.
The final show of Ween’s Halloween run at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday included a handful of rarities.
Ween went acoustic for the first time in over a year and unearthed their cover of Motorhead’s “Ace Of Spades” last night in Minnesota. Listen to full show audio.
Ween unearthed their long lost cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary” for the first time since 1998 during a show that was loaded with bust outs.
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Ween at Capitol Theatre
- Polka Dot Tail
- Chocolate Town
- Big Jilm
- Happy Colored Marbles
- Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
- Captain Fantasy
- Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)
- Touch My Tooter
- Ooh Va La
- Woman and Man
- Demon Sweat
- Wayne's Pet Youngin'
- Take Me Away
- Common Bitch
- Did You See Me?
- Hey There Fancypants
- Now I'm Freaking Out
- Don't Sweat It
- Kim Smoltz
- Tried and True
- She Wanted to Leave
- The Mollusk
- Loop de Loop
- Ocean Man
- The Grobe
- Your Party
- 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.
Guest-filled sets from Sister Sparrow, Galactic, The Nth Power and TAUK were among the highlights of day four aboard Jam Cruise 17.
Jam Cruise 17 hit the halfway mark on Thursday. JamBase’s Scott Bernstein shares five of his favorite moments from day three.
The Avett Brothers announced a batch of 2019 Summer Tour dates with Lake Street Dive tapped to open.
The first full day of Jam Cruise 17 included a mass wedding, a Bob Marley tribute, two outstanding Khruangbin performances and more.
Ryan Adams’ upcoming single “Fuck The Rain” features John Mayer and the singer-songwriter revealed he working on a “secret thing” with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir.