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The Boognish Will Rise over Colorado when Ween plays a two-night Halloween run in Denver.
Preview Ween’s upcoming set at Riot Fest by listening to the band perform ‘The Mollusk’ in its entirety during a 2017 concert in Oregon.
Ween, The Raconteurs and The Flaming Lips are among the acts on the 2019 Riot Fest lineup.
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.
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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.
The schedule for the 2019 Pitchfork Music Festival free live stream includes Mavis Staples, HAIM, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts and Whitney .
Fenway Park will host Jerry Day when the Boston Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on August 6.
Marco Benevento will focus on the Midwest over the course of the November leg of his fall tour.
Watch David Crosby perform with The Roots and discuss his documentary film with director Cameron Crowe on Tuesday’s episode of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’
Neil Young, Norah Jones and Father John Misty will be among the performers at the Harvest Moon A Gathering benefit concert this September.